PHYSICAL theatre of violence, abuse and murder will be on display when the Monto State High School senior drama class performs Black Medea.

Actor Dylan Burgess said playing a violent man had been difficult.

"With practice, you can teach yourself to bring out the aggressive side and it's not necessarily you," he said.

"It's more I am Jason, and had to learn that he's an aggressive man both in physical appearance towards Medea and verbally."

Unlike standard plays, in this performance of Black Medea it's more of what you see than what you hear.

"We tell the story using our bodies which is probably the best part about physical theatre," Dylan said.

Shaniah Knapman has embraced the opportunity to learn about domestic violence.

"I feel like domestic violence isn't talked about a lot, and drama is one of the best ways to learn about it," she said.

"It's really intense type of stuff."

There's alcohol and violence in the fake relationship between Alex Watson and Chantell O'Sullivan.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
There's alcohol and violence in the fake relationship between Alex Watson and Chantell O'Sullivan.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

She has a highlight acting moment in the play, which happens right at the end, where her character has to do the unthinkable.

Drama teacher Kirsten Burgess said the specific play was chosen in honour of last year's Australia of the Year Rosie Batty.

Ms Batty is a domestic violence campaigner whose son was killed by his father.

"If by exploring this subject in this space, if it means none of these girls ever experience domestic violence and none of boys ever perpetuate domestic violence, then I think I've done my job," she said.

"And more importantly, if the audience that comes here that they go away with a raised awareness and a sense of responsibility.

Actors Dylan Burgess and Summer Roth portray an abusive relationship.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
Actors Dylan Burgess and Summer Roth portray an abusive relationship.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

"Drama is one place where we should not shy away from tackling issues."

The performance will be on March 22 at the Monto State High School drama room, with a 6.30pm start.

Entry to the performance is free.


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