Secret River App

I helped bring theatre studies to life by curating multimedia content that got layered into reading experience of this contemporary classic by Andrew Bovell, adapted from the novel by Kate Grenville.

On stage, BTS, in production & the canon

Content Strategy & Storytelling

The Secret River ebook includes:

The full play text of this theatrical masterpiece

An audio tour of the script with the playwright, Andrew Bovell

Images from the Sydney Theatre Company's 2013 production, shot by Heidrun Löhr

An incisive response via Still Waters by Wesley Enoch

Extensive teachers' notes by Rachel Ford

From Script to Multimedia

Project Manager, Curator and Producer

Enriched reader's connection to this contemporary classic by Andrew Bovell, adapted from the novel by Kate Grenville. I sourced, selected and oversaw production of all content and app design. Managing post-production of all featured audio, too. Giving students and teachers access to visceral layers of content. Which could never replace live theatre, but certainly fosters connection via shared experience. In ways that paperbacks never could. Encouraging deeper comprehension by making readers observers. An audience...

Interviewed playwright then layered audio from the interview into the script at key moments throughout the play. Think backstage access with an entree into the playwright's creative process.

Negotiated and delivered all IP agreements for content featured in the app.

Extended the magic of theatre. What better way to complement theatre studies than by humanising scripts via sound and vision? Well, I sourced, selected and oversaw production of all the embedded content in this app with the aim of doing exactly that.

Layering the mix of audio and imagery in ways that tell their own story but never overshadow others

A new way to read plays

The Secret River enhanced ebook brings together the full play text of this theatrical masterpiece with an audio tour of the script with the playwright, Andrew Bovell, images from the Sydney Theatre Company's 2013 production, sociocultural analysis of the work and extensive teachers' notes. The result is a curated experience of the play as a whole: on stage, behind the scenes and in production.

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• Andrew Bovell takes readers on a tour of The Secret River—twenty-six audio grabs are embedded throughout the play text, each taken from an interview with Andrew, which was made available in full as part of the Not in Print podcast.
• Andrew Bovell introduces the main characters—eleven audio grabs.
• A suite of nine images from the Sydney Theatre Company's 2013 production, shot by renowned photographer Heidrun Löhr.
• Wesley Enoch's response to the play, Still Waters—offering critical analysis and personal reflections.
• Extensive teachers' notes by Rachel Ford.

A curated experience that elevates every learning style, so more people can find their own way through this contemporary classic

Extra magic

Credits

Main image: Riverscape at Colo River or Nepean Gorge, NSW.

Photographer: unknown.

Production photos: Heidrun Löhr.

In-app design work: The Nest / Frost Collective.

Screenshots courtesy of Currency Press.

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