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Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre present

HSC Symposiums

13 Mar - 9 Jun 2023

Sport for Jove’s 2023 HSC Performance Symposium series offers a powerful theatrical experience of major scenes and characters from key HSC texts, coupled with analysis and curriculum-based insights into how they work.

Join Damien Ryan and the Sport for Jove team in exploring the plays' multiple meanings. In these discussions, high school students open up diverse critical readings, unlock language and character, and hear actors discuss the plays' famous ambiguities and challenges. Students will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Don't miss this complete, hands-on experience that combines the unfiltered relationship students need with the plays' action and narrative. Each symposium ensures students are 'watching with understanding', so they develop the critical thinking skills required to write about the play under exam conditions. 

Every aspect of each HSC Symposium is geared toward the secondary education curriculum and the specific needs of students studying these plays, and detailed resource kits are included.

Book your chosen play by clicking one of the HSC Symposium performances below.

 

Image credit: Seiya Taguchi

Payment
Find out how our school bookings process works. Full payment deadlines for each event can be found in the individual symposium sections on this page.

Workshops
Workshops can be organised through Sport for Jove. Please contact the team at info@sportforjove.com.au for further information.

Resources
Digital Student Resource Kits will be distributed following each symposium. Kits include lesson activities, an analysis of the relevant play, videos, photos and design insights.

Your visit
Find out how to get here, where to eat and when to arrive.
Find out about our COVID-Safe measures.

Risk assessment
Find our 2023 risk assessment information here.

"…be not afeard, the isle is full of noises…"

One of Shakespeare's truly original and most personal plays, The Tempest is a symphonic vision of forgiveness, discovery and self-discovery. Famous for its language, context, enchanting characters and breathtaking theatricality, the play is a reflection of the world's most famous playwright at the height of his powers and at the end of his remarkable career.

This tempest is not only in Prospero – the storm lies in the contradictions and ambiguities the story throws up about freedom and slavery, civilisation and barbarism, legacy and letting go, lust and chastity, youth and age, revenge and forgiveness. The sea is a place of transformation, but also represents the capriciousness of nature, chaos, or fate.

Sport for Jove will unpick the play with students through live performance and analysis, and direct contrast and comparison with Margaret Atwood's Hag-seed in this unmissable performance symposium.

Times
Mon 13 Mar, 10:30am
Tue 14 Mar, 10:30am
Wed 15 Mar, 10:30am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Mon 16 January 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:

Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Advanced Module A: Textual Conversations.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes and prop weapons.

"…a pound of flesh…nearest his heart…so says the bond…"

The Merchant of Venice is an eternally relevant study of justice, mercy, and religious division.

It's a story Shakespeare couldn't resist: an unfathomable sadness in a man's heart; the mysterious terrors of the ocean; hate crime and religious intolerance; money, and our willingness to gamble with our lives - things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to know the difference between mercy and justice.

The Merchant of Venice features some of Shakespeare's most extraordinary characters, such as Portia, the brilliant young woman who dresses as a man to save a merchant's life, or Bassanio, the man with nothing who would have it all at any cost, or Jessica, the girl who would trade her mother's and father's memories for a monkey.

And at the centre of them all, in the court of Venice, stands a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, legally demanding a pound of flesh from a man who is willing to have his heart torn out of his body as a gesture of love for his friend.

Sport for Jove's performance symposium offers a unique and thrilling opportunity for students to dissect this formidable play.

Times
Wed 15 Mar, 2pm
Thu 16 Mar, 10:30am
Wed 7 Jun, 10am

School bookings
March Symposiums:
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Wed 18 Jan 2023.

June Symposiums:
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Wed 12 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
March Symposiums:
Click here to book.

June Symposiums:
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Standard, Advanced and English Studies Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, racial violence, and prop weapons.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller's parable of mass hysteria, is a portrait of the ordinary evils latent in any society, of mindless, hysterical persecution through ignorance, fear of 'otherness', and our capacity to serve ourselves above all others, making it one of the world's most transcendent and important stories, in any age.

Damien Ryan's intensive and detailed performance symposium on the play offers a rich opportunity for students to meet the characters, look beneath the play – at its language, characters, form, and theatricality – and discuss the big ideas with professional actors who have a long relationship with the play.

What does it mean to us now? Come and join the conversation. After all, we can stand back from these puritanical thinkers and feel safe from their ignorant, outdated superstitions and prejudices, but Miller's very successful point is that we just can't. The belief systems and modes of persecution might change, but the ignorance and willingness to hurt each other do not.

The Crucible illustrates these things at personal, familial, judicial, and political levels, and asks actors to give everything they have to tell it. 

Times
Tue 30 May, 1:30pm
Thu 8 Jun, 10am
Fri 9 Jun, 10am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Tue 4 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary
 English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Standard, Advanced and English Studies Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, gender violence and prop weapons. 

A new, must-see symposium for Year 11 students 

Damien Ryan has worked on Othello for nearly 30 years. Don't miss this opportunity to join him and a group of exceptional actors as they unlock the story, characters, dramatic structure, themes, and theatricality of this powerful Shakespearean tragedy through scene-work and analysis live on stage at Seymour Centre.

Times
Mon 5 Jun, 10am
Tue 6 Jun, 10am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Mon 10 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 11:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary
Drama.
Stage 6 Preliminary and HSC English Advanced Module A: Narratives That Shape Our World; and Module B: Close Study of Literature. 

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, sexual violence, gender violence and prop weapons. 

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures for the general public here and for school groups here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

View dates and times by clicking into your chosen symposium.

All March Symposiums: Everest Theatre
May—June Symposiums: York Theatre

150 minutes (including interval).

All $30

For school bookings, one teacher free per 10 students; $30 for each additional teacher.

$6 transaction fee applies for general public bookings. No transaction fee applies for school bookings. 

Book by clicking into your chosen symposium and following the 'book here' link.

Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

View dates and times by clicking into your chosen symposium.

All March Symposiums: Everest Theatre
May—June Symposiums: York Theatre

150 minutes (including interval).

All $30

For school bookings, one teacher free per 10 students; $30 for each additional teacher.

$6 transaction fee applies for general public bookings. No transaction fee applies for school bookings. 

Book by clicking into your chosen symposium and following the 'book here' link.

Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Payment
Find out how our school bookings process works. Full payment deadlines for each event can be found in the individual symposium sections on this page.

Workshops
Workshops can be organised through Sport for Jove. Please contact the team at info@sportforjove.com.au for further information.

Resources
Digital Student Resource Kits will be distributed following each symposium. Kits include lesson activities, an analysis of the relevant play, videos, photos and design insights.

Your visit
Find out how to get here, where to eat and when to arrive.
Find out about our COVID-Safe measures.

Risk assessment
Find our 2023 risk assessment information here.

"…be not afeard, the isle is full of noises…"

One of Shakespeare's truly original and most personal plays, The Tempest is a symphonic vision of forgiveness, discovery and self-discovery. Famous for its language, context, enchanting characters and breathtaking theatricality, the play is a reflection of the world's most famous playwright at the height of his powers and at the end of his remarkable career.

This tempest is not only in Prospero – the storm lies in the contradictions and ambiguities the story throws up about freedom and slavery, civilisation and barbarism, legacy and letting go, lust and chastity, youth and age, revenge and forgiveness. The sea is a place of transformation, but also represents the capriciousness of nature, chaos, or fate.

Sport for Jove will unpick the play with students through live performance and analysis, and direct contrast and comparison with Margaret Atwood's Hag-seed in this unmissable performance symposium.

Times
Mon 13 Mar, 10:30am
Tue 14 Mar, 10:30am
Wed 15 Mar, 10:30am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Mon 16 January 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:

Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Advanced Module A: Textual Conversations.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes and prop weapons.

"…a pound of flesh…nearest his heart…so says the bond…"

The Merchant of Venice is an eternally relevant study of justice, mercy, and religious division.

It's a story Shakespeare couldn't resist: an unfathomable sadness in a man's heart; the mysterious terrors of the ocean; hate crime and religious intolerance; money, and our willingness to gamble with our lives - things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to know the difference between mercy and justice.

The Merchant of Venice features some of Shakespeare's most extraordinary characters, such as Portia, the brilliant young woman who dresses as a man to save a merchant's life, or Bassanio, the man with nothing who would have it all at any cost, or Jessica, the girl who would trade her mother's and father's memories for a monkey.

And at the centre of them all, in the court of Venice, stands a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, legally demanding a pound of flesh from a man who is willing to have his heart torn out of his body as a gesture of love for his friend.

Sport for Jove's performance symposium offers a unique and thrilling opportunity for students to dissect this formidable play.

Times
Wed 15 Mar, 2pm
Thu 16 Mar, 10:30am
Wed 7 Jun, 10am

School bookings
March Symposiums:
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Wed 18 Jan 2023.

June Symposiums:
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Wed 12 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
March Symposiums:
Click here to book.

June Symposiums:
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Standard, Advanced and English Studies Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, racial violence, and prop weapons.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller's parable of mass hysteria, is a portrait of the ordinary evils latent in any society, of mindless, hysterical persecution through ignorance, fear of 'otherness', and our capacity to serve ourselves above all others, making it one of the world's most transcendent and important stories, in any age.

Damien Ryan's intensive and detailed performance symposium on the play offers a rich opportunity for students to meet the characters, look beneath the play – at its language, characters, form, and theatricality – and discuss the big ideas with professional actors who have a long relationship with the play.

What does it mean to us now? Come and join the conversation. After all, we can stand back from these puritanical thinkers and feel safe from their ignorant, outdated superstitions and prejudices, but Miller's very successful point is that we just can't. The belief systems and modes of persecution might change, but the ignorance and willingness to hurt each other do not.

The Crucible illustrates these things at personal, familial, judicial, and political levels, and asks actors to give everything they have to tell it. 

Times
Tue 30 May, 1:30pm
Thu 8 Jun, 10am
Fri 9 Jun, 10am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Tue 4 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 12:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary
 English and Drama.
Stage 6 HSC English Standard, Advanced and English Studies Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences.

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, gender violence and prop weapons. 

A new, must-see symposium for Year 11 students 

Damien Ryan has worked on Othello for nearly 30 years. Don't miss this opportunity to join him and a group of exceptional actors as they unlock the story, characters, dramatic structure, themes, and theatricality of this powerful Shakespearean tragedy through scene-work and analysis live on stage at Seymour Centre.

Times
Mon 5 Jun, 10am
Tue 6 Jun, 10am

School bookings
Click here to book. Full payment for this event is due by Mon 10 Apr 2023.

General public bookings
Click here to book.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 to 11:
Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary
Drama.
Stage 6 Preliminary and HSC English Advanced Module A: Narratives That Shape Our World; and Module B: Close Study of Literature. 

Content
Contains physical violence, sexual references, adult themes, sexual violence, gender violence and prop weapons. 

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures for the general public here and for school groups here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

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