Future Self

Image Credit: Jolyon James

If you could leave a message for the future what would you say?

If you could talk to your past what would you learn?

Future Self, Arena’s latest workshop, reveals stories, memories and moments of utmost importance to young people and using drone technology, celebrates them on film for the whole school community.

Future Self is inspired by new research that indicates that if our past and future selves were to meet, they would not recognise each other. If we change so drastically over our life time, what do we want to hold on to? 

Students work with Arena’s artists to explore what are the ideas, beliefs, moments or values that are important to them in the here and now and which of these do they want to keep for the future. Using new drone technology students work to create a short film and write an original spoken word poem that features their stories. The drone technology enables a remarkable shift in perspective that translates into the students’ stories. The film is shown for the whole school community at the end of the day with live spoken word voiceover performed by students. 

Stunning in its simplicity and ability to value students raw and personal stories, Future Self has been Arena’s most successful workshop to date.

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Future Self introduces students to new technologies, new modes of performance, promotes creative expression, teamwork and provides a rare opportunity to work alongside professional artists. In creating their film students reflect on their place and values in the community and develop their ambitions for the future.

 

Workshop Details

Future Self is an Arena Theatre Company Workshop.

Age range: 11 - 17 years or Grade 5 -12. Future Self is particularly suited to students in Year 6 & 7 or Years 10 - 12.

Participants: 20 or one school class.

Duration: 5 hours or one school day

Arena Artists: 3

Curriculum Areas: Technologies – Digital Technologies, The Arts – Media, The Arts – Visual Communication, English, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking Capability

Future Self is suitable for schools, local arts and community centres, holiday and festival programs. For more information please contact Education and Programs Manager Alexandra Macalister-Bills – alexandra@arenatheatre.com.au

 

 

Participant Feedback

"Fun and inspiring."

"Just awesome."

One thing that surprised me-

"That I had the courage to read in front of people."

One thing I learnt was-

"You can be anything."

"How to make a film"

My favourite thing was-

"We all accepted each other"

"All of it!"