Stories in the Wall
What lies beneath?

What is Stories in the Wall?

In Term 3 and 4, 2018, Arts Centre Melbourne engaged playwrights Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans, Jessica Bellamy, Rachel Perks and Morgan Rose to run workshops in five selected Victorian Primary Schools. Three of these schools were located in Melbourne – Penders Grove Primary in Thornbury, St. Bernadette's Primary in Sunshine North and Reservoir East Primary. This year Arts Centre Melbourne was thrilled to be able to expand the project to include regional Victoria, working with Ouyen P-12 College and Cardross Primary both located in the Mallee.

At each school upper primary students took part in 5 workshops with two playwrights. In the Melbourne region these were weekly workshops at each school. For the regional these were delivered through a combination of remote learning sessions and school visits.

During these workshops playwrights worked with students to develop original stories around the theme What Lies Beneath. Inspired by the underground location of Arts Centre Melbourne's theatres and treasures, students were asked to respond to an image from the Australian Performing Arts Collection asking the question What Lies Beneath? The answers to this question evolved into a wildly imaginative and diverse collection of characters, motivations and adventures. Students worked in groups to create their stories, and across the workshops turned them into radio play scripts. These were recorded at The Channel - Arts Centre Melbourne's participation venue and at mobile studios set up at the regional primary schools.

Once the plays were recorded they were given to emerging composers from Melbourne University's Bachelor of Interactive Composition who created original music and sound design for each story.

The Stories in the Wall installation is installed in the Arts Centre Melbourne foyer from 13 November to 3 December 2018, followed by a season at Ouyen Service Center from 5-11 December, and the Mildura Arts Centre from 13 – 31 December 2018.

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Writers and Performers:

St Bernadette's Primary, Sunshine North: Olivia Daniel, Abraham Hlawn Ceu, Noah Le, Michael Nguyen, Kaylene Phan, Frances Schembri, Jack Dao, Neo Ho, Tina Le, Thanh Long Nguyen , Melanie Quach, Sarah To, Catherine Duong, Ricky Hong, Anthony Luu, Andy Pham, Betina Tran, Cecilia Tran, Christine Duong, Emelia Hutton, Benedetta Muccini, Ivy Pham, Raymond Van, Minh Chau Vo, Olivia Auduong, Jesse Gatt, Anthony Le, Erica Nguyen, Victoria Pham, Jordan Van, Elizabeth Cassar, Sharon Huynh, Gia Lee Le Do, Jason Nguyen, Jerrome Poutu, Sofia Truong, Alex Dao, Tiffany La, Patrick Luu, Mandy Nguyen, Jonathan Tieu, Elysha Trieu, Tiffany Duong, Henry Le, Ella Nguyen, Chris Nunokawa-Dong, Queenie Tran, Joseph Vo

Reservoir East Primary: Shappelle Adams, Mahdi Ali Ahmad, Loic Angelique, James Arnall, Carlotta Auditore, Giorgio Blackwell, Katika Brown, Trea Bux, Vea Chainet, Tyson Davoodi, Anastacia De Santo, Yianni Eliakis, Fatma Elserougi, Jack Fankhauser, Chrysa Gagaridis, Becky Haber, Thomas Hallowell, Nergiz Hamza, Abdirahman Ibrahim, Ali Kamyab Hesari, Katelyn Kops, Summer Leo, Isabel Luchetta, Jordan McPherson, Zahara Moody Hale, Dimitri Panagiotou, Daniel Pappas, Loghyn Rose, Mark Tsatsas

Penders Grove Primary: Angelica, Shukri, Sarah, Melissa, Lucy, Renee, Freda, Scarlett, Santino, Jude, Lucas, Jye, Yusuf, Oscar, Anthony, Cynthia, Emma, Hannah, Selina, James, Amir, Liam, Tobias, Finn, Odin, Genio, Anthonie, Mohit

Cardross Primary: Roze Alderson, Kadin Anthony, Darcy Aunger, Tyler Bounias, Jack Cashen, Cody Flavel, Micah Graham, Zaviar Grennan, Mehmet Gun, Kira Harkin, Lexi Hill, Noah Huntly, Alice Leeder, Josh Mckinnon, Mya Newey, Campbell Penny, Latrell Quayle, Natalie Robinson, Charlie Roden

Ouyen P-12 College: Liam Bond, Regan Eames, Imogen Ezzey, Peter Ferrari, Leon Payne, Lara Cronin, Mhalykai Fox-Herbert, Olivia Milne, Lachie O’Callaghan, Kodie Scott, Laura Shaddock, John Shine, Porscha Vasic, Thomas Vasic, Drew Latta, Harry Scott, Emma Higgins, Bridie Clarke, Lukey Payne, Brylie Allender, Makenzie Clarke, Jaxon Milne, Jack O'Shannessy, Ruby Pengelly, Seanna Chalmers, Matthew Erhardt, Hayley Downes, Mia Grayling, Jim Vallance, Kristy Higgins, Maya Scott and Billy Cattanach


Leah Aly, Tim Hassall, Tilly Webb, Louis Wheeler, Anthony Carr, Jaime Sacchero, Melita Collins, Isha Ram Das Simpson, Noah Riseley, Sabrina Yousif, Zoe Marshall

For Arts Centre Melbourne:

Creative Producer – Joshua Cowie

Creative Learning Team – Eva Popov, David Rogers and Rosalind Hall

Playwrights – Jessica Bellamy, Rachel Perks, Amelia Evans, Morgan Rose Aldrich, Dan Giovannoni

Foyer Installation Artwork – Yvette Turnbull

Website – Ann Tran

Supporting partners:

Arts Centre Melbourne acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Artistic collaboration from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. The proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.