As part of Arts Centre Melbourne schools programs, grade 5 and 6 students of Cardross Primary School and Ouyen College will be a part of a collaborative digital storytelling project Stories in the Wall , for one week from 8-12 October.

Stories in the Wall is a Arts Centre Melbourne and Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools collaborative project.  Arts Centre Melbourne engage local playwrights to visit remote and metro schools where they work creatively with students to develop original ideas around a specific theme.

This year’s theme is What Lies Beneath based on the fact that Arts Centre Melbourne is located mostly underground. Students will be asked to find the hidden meanings, motivations and mysteries in the stories they create. Inspiration for their stories will come from images from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, which has over 600,000 items in it.

Each group can choose or be given one image to use as a starting point for the stories they create. They will then script their stories as radio plays, perform them and record the soundscape.

Leading the workshops at Cardross Primary School will be playwrights Amelia Evans and Rachel Perks, and at Ouyen College Jessica Bellamy and Morgan Rose. They will guide students as they work in groups of 4-5 to create original stories that could potentially be selected to be on display for three weeks at the Smorgon Family Plaza at Arts Centre Melbourne. The activation will then go on tour for one week at the Mildura Arts Centre and one week at the Ouyen Community Centre.     

The students will be performing and recording their stories on Thursday 11 October