Author: Charles, Shaun
By Shaun Charles and Breakthrough Cre8ive Training
Cast: 7M 6F
Character Ages: 13 - 60
Length: 1.5 hrs approximately
Target Audience: Middle Years / Senior Years
Style: Middle Years / Senior Years
Themes: South Pacific Islands, culture shock, colonisation, war
INCLUDES TEACHERS NOTES
One of the great strengths of Paradise is that,
though the plot is magical, the themes at the heart
of the play are very real. The story moves along at a
cracking pace, combining music and dance with an
array of vibrant, interesting characters Arts Hub
The island culture has been rattled, and its proud people have been unnerved. Without choice, they must now journey to the new world. A dynamic youth musical that celebrates Pacific Island culture with dignity, creativity and an irrepressible sense of fun, Paradise The Musical explores the cultural clashes between the South Pacific Islands and the Western world.
An initial work-in-development showing was presented at
the 2005 2high Festival in the Powerhouse, Brisbane. The first production was staged at the Brisbane Festival in 2007.
Shaun Charles is a writer and director. As a playwright his work includes The Understudy, Three Points of Contact, The River, The Dirt and Us, Rio Saki and Other Falling Debris (published by Playlab), Last Drinks (an adaptation of Andrew McGahans novel, published by Playlab), The White Earth (co-adapted with novelist Andrew McGahan, published by Playlab) and the short plays Another Dead Rock Star, and Grace.
Breakthrough Cre8ive Trainings, Inez Fainga has worked for over 15 years with young people at high risk and now manages the Pasifika LIPI programme through Inala Youth Services. After completing a Bachelor of Theatre degree she worked as a professional actress with Opera Queensland, La Boite Theatre and Queensland Theatre Company.
Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping