Promotional image for “Refugees Diaries”, playing at Seymour Centre
Treehouse Theatre and Seymour Centre present

Refugee Diaries

31 Oct - 1 Nov 2024

Witness the transformative power of storytelling at the latest Treehouse production Refugee Diaries. In this gripping 90-minute performance, young refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, who are starting anew in Australia, share their remarkable journeys. This production reflects three months of trauma recovery work, sharing stories that evoke a rollercoaster of emotions.

Refugee Diaries weaves tales that range from the hilariously heart-warming to the profoundly gut-wrenching. Audiences will gain a deep understanding of the refugee experience like never before.

Suitable for school groups spanning from year 7 to 12 and adults alike, this performance offers a unique educational opportunity. It serves as excellent professional development for school staff and community workers through an introduction to the lived experience of young refugees.

Join us as we witness the resilience of young refugees, who, despite facing unimaginable challenges, have the strength to not only survive but thrive. Don't miss Refugee Diaries, a thought-provoking and eye-opening experience that will leave a lasting impact.

Includes a post-show Q&A with the cast. 

Image credit: Ross Willis

"This performance is important for all Australians to see… watching was in many ways cathartic and inspiring for me. Thank you for all the work you do with the young people. It has changed their lives forever."
Noura Hassan, Iraqi Refugee
"Including a Treehouse performance in school wellbeing programs gives students a deeper understanding of diversity, inclusion and resilience."
Lillian Joseph, Deputy Principal (Wellbeing) at Holroyd High School
"Attending a Treehouse production, makes students from non-refugee backgrounds reflect and think about refugee stereotypes and the people behind these images. Never had a student not affected by listening to another student tell their story."
Jeff Lovett, Deputy Principal at Mount Annan High School

Director Ruth Hartcher-O’Brien, Isaac Owen & Catherine Maguire-Donvito
Lighting Designer Wal Moore
Sound Designer Kobe McWilliams

Tickets
$20 per student. One teacher free per 20 students; $20 for each additional teacher.

Payment
Find out how our school bookings process works. Full payment for this event is due by Thurs 19 Sep 2024.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 - 12:

Stage 4
English, PDHPE, Geography and Drama.
Stage 5 English, PDHPE, Geography, History, and Drama.
Stage 6 Preliminary Drama and Society and Culture.
Stage 6 HSC Drama and Society and Culture.
All Stages Social Cohesion, Social Justice, and Wellbeing programs.

Detailed curriculum links can be found here.

Post-show Q&As
Join the Refugee Diaries team for a 10-minute Q&A following each performance. 

Resources
Download the Teacher Resource Kit.

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 2024 risk assessment information here.

Join University of Sydney Student Ambassadors for a free tour of the Camperdown/Darlington campus. Students will get an inside look at Australia’s oldest university and receive the answers to any questions they have about the tertiary experience. Tours are usually one hour in length, and highlight popular sites including the Quadrangle, Great Hall, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, and the Abercrombie. A thirty-minute presentation can also be included as well as a visit to the Chau Chuk Wing Museum.*

Please book online or email schools.outreach@sydney.edu.au for more information.

*Visiting the Chau Chuk Wing Museum will increase the duration of the tour and may incur a fee. The minimum booking period is 3 weeks with a 72-hour cancellation period. Campus tours are not available during University semester breaks. 

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures for the general public here and for school groups here.

York Theatre

Thu 31 Oct 10am, 12:30pm
Fri 1 Nov 10am, 12:30pm, 7pm

Approximately 90 minutes (no interval). Plus post-show Q&A with the cast.

Partial lockout applies patrons may enter between vignettes.  

Full $35
Concession (Pensioner, Veteran, Full-time Student, Senior)* $25
School Student $20
School Teacher** $20

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

*Please be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff. Read more.

**One teacher free per 10 students; $20 for each additional teacher.

 

Contains loud or sudden noises. 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.

York Theatre

Thu 31 Oct 10am, 12:30pm
Fri 1 Nov 10am, 12:30pm, 7pm

Approximately 90 minutes (no interval). Plus post-show Q&A with the cast.

Partial lockout applies patrons may enter between vignettes.  

Full $35
Concession (Pensioner, Veteran, Full-time Student, Senior)* $25
School Student $20
School Teacher** $20

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

*Please be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff. Read more.

**One teacher free per 10 students; $20 for each additional teacher.

 

Contains loud or sudden noises. 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.

Director Ruth Hartcher-O’Brien, Isaac Owen & Catherine Maguire-Donvito
Lighting Designer Wal Moore
Sound Designer Kobe McWilliams

Tickets
$20 per student. One teacher free per 20 students; $20 for each additional teacher.

Payment
Find out how our school bookings process works. Full payment for this event is due by Thurs 19 Sep 2024.

Curriculum links
Suitable for students in years 7 - 12:

Stage 4
English, PDHPE, Geography and Drama.
Stage 5 English, PDHPE, Geography, History, and Drama.
Stage 6 Preliminary Drama and Society and Culture.
Stage 6 HSC Drama and Society and Culture.
All Stages Social Cohesion, Social Justice, and Wellbeing programs.

Detailed curriculum links can be found here.

Post-show Q&As
Join the Refugee Diaries team for a 10-minute Q&A following each performance. 

Resources
Download the Teacher Resource Kit.

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 2024 risk assessment information here.

Join University of Sydney Student Ambassadors for a free tour of the Camperdown/Darlington campus. Students will get an inside look at Australia’s oldest university and receive the answers to any questions they have about the tertiary experience. Tours are usually one hour in length, and highlight popular sites including the Quadrangle, Great Hall, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, and the Abercrombie. A thirty-minute presentation can also be included as well as a visit to the Chau Chuk Wing Museum.*

Please book online or email schools.outreach@sydney.edu.au for more information.

*Visiting the Chau Chuk Wing Museum will increase the duration of the tour and may incur a fee. The minimum booking period is 3 weeks with a 72-hour cancellation period. Campus tours are not available during University semester breaks. 

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures for the general public here and for school groups here.

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