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
• The full play text of this theatrical masterpiece
• An audio tour of the script with the playwright, Andrew Bovell
• An incisive response via Still Waters by Wesley Enoch
• Extensive teachers' notes by Rachel Ford
From Script to Multimedia
• 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.
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.
• 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.