Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People Ltd

From page to stage: history comes to life

With the support of the James N. Kirby Foundation over 300 students from economically disadvantaged schools were able to attend a performance of the theatre production “Hitler’s Daughter” at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

Produced by Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, Hitler’s Daughter poses powerful questions and examines moral issues, including racism, intolerance and persecution in a fresh, compelling light.
Post show discussions were held at each performance and the response from students was excellent. Feedback received has included “I took a school group of 16 year 3-6 primary aged children they were enthralled, as was I. A fantastic production that captured the essence of French’s thought provoking story.” “Amazing I didn’t know how they did it – was as if magic was upon us.” “We gained a greater understanding of WWII, how plays are performed and produced. It also gave us a real life understanding of how a stage works and of the experiences of people in
WWII. Thank you for an awesome and epic experience.”

Adapted from the book by acclaimed Australian author, Jackie French, Hitler’s Daughter is part of the School Curriculum offering teachers the opportunity to enhance the students understanding through the experience of a live performance.

With funding received from the James N. Kirby Foundation students from four economically disadvantaged Sydney schools located in Lethridge Park, Waterloo, Bass Hill and Lakemba were able to attend this performance. Each school would normally be unable to offer an excursion of this kind and were most grateful for this rare opportunity.

On behalf of all students, we would like to sincerely thank the James N. Kirby Foundation for the opportunity to experience everything that a live theatrical performance has to offer.

Kerry Comerford

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