Book Show

Curriculum Relevance:
Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship, Drama, Health and Physical Education.

What better way to learn to appreciate what you have - than to lose it for a week

Twelve year old Georgia’s school project has her involved in a student exchange program, swapping places with Matilda for a week.

Georgia is a suburban Sydney girl whose passions are ballet, netball and the Rabbitohs. Matilda lives in country Victoria with poor internet reception and daily chores on an apple orchard where the main topics of conversation are the drought and the weather.

While the pair sees the similarities between their lives, it is the differences that they come to focus on. Georgia discovers how Matilda's Great, Great Grandfather travelled by ship from Cornwall to the Bendigo gold fields hoping to make his fortune. However it was as a banker that Bob earnt the money to buy the rural property in country Victoria where Matilda lives today.

During their exchange week both girls gain an understanding and appreciation of not just each other, but of each other’s community. This in turn leads them to gain a better understanding of their own life, community and contribution to the rest of Australia.

Trading Places explores diversity, similarities and differences in communities, their interconnections across Australia and how this has shaped our nation’s past, present and future.

Charlie J Truscott uses her physical theatre and circus skills to turn stories into highly physical, engaging experiences. A competitive gymnast from the age of 5 to 17, Charlie went on to pursue performance studies at university before “running away” to join the circus. She has trained at Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California and worked with Sydney Children’s Festival, Sydney Royal Easter Show, Merringong Theatre Company, KISS Arts Festival and Sydney Festival to name to few.

Price: $5.50 per student (GST incl.).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 8.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 30 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.

Requires: an indoor performing area 6m deep x 5m wide.