Like many of the schools that attend the Fairfax, Tooleybuc had no drama program at the school. The teacher from Tooleybuc was actually the school’s Librarian – and an absolute go-getter.
The Tooleybuc group created a completely original work, all told in silhouette. They created a beautiful narrative, which was a morality tale. This school achieved something quite extraordinary.
I have seen plenty of pieces at Short & Sweet over the years that didn’t come close to this work.
The school is incredibly under resourced: the students and librarian came up with idea, and developed it, in a classroom using torches and bed sheets.
Absolutely fantastic and inspiring stuff.
Bravo to the Fairfax Festival for providing this opportunity to so many young people: the gift is bringing the under-resourced and nourishing them by providing a smorgasbord of theatre essentials, and for us artists to be reminded about the origins of creative inspiration.