Family Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
The Book Gig is where drama students bring a book to life. Final year students from the University of Southern Queensland were given the book “White Crane,” the first in Sandy Fussell’s Samurai Kids series.
Rather than act out the book, they decided to use it to inspire new scenes that explored similar themes.
They performed four pieces. In the first, two tigers trained for a Samurai competition. One boasted she’d be first, and looked like she would, leaping up the mountain, until she froze, frightened of heights. The other tiger who was not likely to win, saw her fear and carried her on her back so she could win.
Moderator Alan Cockerill then lead a discussion with the audience and author Sandy Fussell. The young audience was able to find links of themes with Sandy’s books including working together; everyone has some sort of strength even if you don’t see it; and forgiveness, through a scene with rat being charged in court for chopping off gecko’s arm.
Sandy was surprised that forgiveness came out as one of the themes, as it was not clear in the first book, but became a major theme of the series.
Blogging Team 2017