This semester students from the Clemente Austalia program at ACU's Brisbane campus presented a collage performance called "Kin" as part of assessment for the introductory drama unit 'The Nature of Drama'. "Kin" was a presentation of performance poetry and stories celebrating and reflecting on those we consider our family and friends. Students had to write four pieces of poetry or prose which was performed as an ensemble dramatic piece in the McAuley drama studio. Set against the backdrop of the students own artistic symbolic representations of their notions of "Kin" the performance was charged with emotion and imagery. It was a wonderful example of outstanding drama performances and heartfelt writing.
The Clemente performance of Kin was outstanding last night and brought many a tear and a laugh to the audience. What a worthwhile program! Thanks for letting me share in it. (Dr Tracey Sanders)
Dr Tracey Sanders (front, centre) with Clemente performance participants 2007
Last night I had the honour of attending the Mission Australia / ACU Clemente Australia drama performance titled ‘Kin’. The group of students performed a selection of beauitful, sincere snapshots of their lives - many of the stories brought a tear to my eye.
After the performance I spoke to a few of the Clemente Australia students who asked me to extend their thanks to ACU. One of the students (who spent some time in prison) told me that this program has been a high point of her life and that she has felt so welcome here.
To Lindsay, Tracey and the team, thanks- you are doing some wonderful work . I am sure that this project is challenging at times but is so rewarding and makes me proud to be associated with Australian Catholic University. (Shawn Walker, ACU)