Defence and Sydney Theatre Company announce joint venture
20 March 2013
The Department of Defence is working with Sydney Theatre Company (STC) to develop a stage play that represents the personal stories of men and women wounded or injured during their service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The production will be part of a program to support their rehabilitation and recovery.
The play will be developed through a process of consultation between ADF personnel and professional artists during 2013, with potential public performance outcomes in 2014.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Australian Defence Force. ADF members who choose to participate in this program will be sharing their personal stories with Australian audiences; and will be mentored in various aspects of the theatre industry – working alongside some of Australia’s finest theatrical talent,” Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley said.
STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton said: “This collaboration between STC and the ADF is unique. Bringing together what are, at first glance, two very different human endeavours will undoubtedly lead to a powerful new work that will delve into the complex experiences of individuals of whom our country has demanded a great deal. Our partnership with ADF extends STC’s ongoing work employing theatre as a place for complex social conversations – somewhere to broker understanding and to hopefully generate inspiration.”
Servicemen and women who have sustained various wounds and injuries, ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to physical incapacities, will participate in the performing arts program to assist their recovery.
“The production will be a powerful means for participants to share their personal stories,” General Hurley said.
“Participants will have a unique opportunity to achieve something different and be part of an activity that focuses on their abilities, rather than their individual incapacities.
“Participants will gain new and shared experiences that will assist them as they serve in the ADF and when they decide to transition to civilian life.”
General Hurley said the program is currently in the early stages of development and Defence and Sydney Theatre Company were still working through the details. Further information, including the creative team, will be announced in due course.
“The program is very much in its infancy. Defence will be looking at various funding options to assist us deliver this innovative program for the men and women of the ADF who have risked their lives and been harmed in the line of duty.”
Imagery will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12133142
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