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The Magic Park: A Drama Workshop

Magic Park

Production Co Ann Andrews

In November 1986, film maker Ann Andrews organised a week-long drama workshop for six deaf 13-year-olds, the first of its kind in New Zealand. During the week the children from the Kelston School for the Deaf were coached by professional music and drama tutors, including Miranda Harcourt. At one point, the children produce a six part musical symphony in percussion. The workshop concluded with the play, Tina and the Magic Park.

This documentary tracks how the play is created by the children through a decision making process of discussion, improvisation and reaction. What emerges is a touching play made all the more compelling by the physical intelligence of the students and their commitment to an experimental approach to narrative.