Former students bring show to schools

MESSAGE: Rebekka Manns (front), Taylah Evans and Gabrielle Allen have a show about self image that they have been taking to rural high schools. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 060618ctoo
MESSAGE: Rebekka Manns (front), Taylah Evans and Gabrielle Allen have a show about self image that they have been taking to rural high schools. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 060618ctoo

THREE recent Charles Sturt University graduates are learning a whole lot as they tour a show through Western NSW. 

And they are teaching as well: the show, TOO, has a message about being comfortable in your own body for a generation exposed to an avalanche of images of unattainable perfection.

Rebekka Manns, from Cobar, Taylah Evans, from Grong Grong and Gabrielle Allen from Bathurst finished up at Charles Sturt University last year. 

The trio graduated with a Bachelor of Communications specialising in theatre/media and have since formed an amateur theatre group, TOO Productions. The show was created as their major work in the third year of their degree and was performed at CSU’s Sprung Festival in September 2017.

The show was created in their third year of their degree and performed at CSU’s Sprung festival in September 2017. The artists’ received the Blair Milan Memorial Touring scholarship, providing financial support for the presentation of the work of final year Theatre/Media students in metropolitan and regional communities, allowing them to take the show on the road.

They have since taken TOO to high schools in Nyngan, Cobar, Bourke and Walgett in western NSW, where theatre performers don’t usually tread.

As sound engineer and director of the show, Ms Manns is able to see the audiences’ “extremely positive” reaction while the other performers are on stage. 

The show uses words from a number of people in interviews during the development of the production. “Every single word in the show is 100 per cent people's words,” Ms Evans said.

The trio say they have been excited by where the production has taken them so far and how it has affected those who have seen it.