Packing a Suitcase - Take a Journey of Healing
'Stolen' examines one of the
most important and complex issues for contemporary Australia,
the heartrending stories
of the Stolen Generation.
The playwright, Jane Harrison, provides an opportunity to
think about the powerful meanings of these experiences.
Sandy, the character who can never
calm down because he's always on the run from the Welfare,
carries his life in his suitcase. Sandy is a story teller
and it is reasonable to presume that he carries some of his
stories in the battered old case that he carries on to the
VCE students at LaTrobe Secondary
College, who are studying the play as a part of their study
of English, are gathering together items to put into a suitcase
as a part of their study of this play.
The first step is to acquire a
suitcase. Responses to exercises are stored in this suitcase.
We suggest that students find
older suitcases, or use small suitcase style lunch boxes.
Of course they could use an old hatbox or even a Gladstone
Bag. What will you use?
related to the play 'Stolen'
case history for one of the characters in Stolen. Prepare
it to present to The
Bringing Them Home report.
for each of the characters in Stolen. Take off your shoes.
Trace your foot in your visual journal. Inside the footprint,
write about the footprints these characters have left behind.
Make one for the playwright, Jane Harrison, and consider what
footprint she is leaving, what she will be remembered for.
Suitcase Exercises for Personal
Collect all sorts of flotsam and jetsam that has a story behind
it to put in your suitcase. You may include certificates,
pictures you drew when you were little, a favorite toy, photographs,
school reports, cards, letters. One student, whose suitcase
is photographed here, included his grandfather's shoe in his
suitcase, along with a handkerchief tied in four corners to
form a makeshift hat. These pieces enabled him to speak about
his grandfather's origins and work when he arrived in Australia.
Make personal footprints
. What will you be remembered for? Use footprints to set goals,
to determine what you want to be remembered for.
Construct a Hiss-tory snake or
use the plains
Indian War Bonnet to tell your story. Use this material
to write a Suitcase tale - a piece of personal writing.