AFTER successful tours to regional and metropolitan schools and community centres in 2015, Black Swan State Theatre Company will again hit the road with Shadowboxing in July and August.
Shadowboxing is a new work written by and featuring local Perth writer and performer Ella Hetherington. This is the second production created by Black Swan to specifically tour schools and regional WA and is aimed at Years 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 17 years).
Performances will involve a combination of both regional performing arts venues and schools, which allows the opportunity for parents and extended family members (grandparents, carers and other children in the age range) to attend a performance at the same time.
Many schools have social media policies that encourage parents to discuss their child’s engagement online and to build an awareness of the implications of risks of social networking. Shadowboxing provides a unique opportunity for families to engage and discuss issues around social media in a positive way.
The workshops enable students and community members to be inspired by and to extend their skills in the performing arts with professional teaching artists.
Shadowboxing tells a meaningful story for students.
The characters are brought to life in a real and pertinent way for young people and speak to them as people, not as students.
Shadowboxing explores the journey of two characters Cat and Benj who are at a party. But as the party becomes less appealing, Benj escapes to the co-existing world of Shadow, a limitless place filled with possibility and hope.
In Shadow he is free to be another version of himself. In Shadow he has friends and freedom to be. In Shadow he feels more at ease with himself than in reality.
Cat joins Benj in Shadow as his sympathetic friend Idgy. They become close, trust is built, secrets told, friendship is born. But only in Shadow.
The question is posed, how can Benj have a Shadow friendship in the actual world too?
We live in a world where we are constantly building personas and grooming our identities to present on the social media stage.
Shadowboxing challenges the notion of identity, friendship and the balance of truth and make-believe.