ATSI Guidelines for Drama/Theatre Education

Drama Australia

The preparation of this document was commissioned by Drama Australia to foster access and participation in learning, taking in the broader context of Indigenous educational perspectives and redefining their relevance in the study of Contemporary Indigenou

Bringing Them Home

Australian Human Rights Commission

In 1997, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission) released its report, 'Bringing them home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families'. To assist students' understanding of the issues surrounding this report, a range of resources and support materials are made available for download. This includes a lesson plan for Jane Harrison's play, 'Stolen'.

Reality of the stolen generation hits home

James Harper, The Australian, November 2011

"JANE Harrison' s Stolen ends in a breakdown of the fourth wall between its young cast and the audience."

Insight Text Guides: Stolen

R. Beardwood & M. Drysdale,, 2001

Available for purchase: $16.95. Designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Jane Harrison's play contains detailed character and chapter analysis and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.

Director's Notes: Stolen

Leah Purcell, QPAC, 2011

Compiled by director, Leah Purcell, for the 2011 season of Stolen at the Cremorne Theatre, presented by The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) and QPAC in association with Bungabura Productions.

The Plight of Stolen Generation in Jane Harrison’s Stolen

The Indian Review of World Literature in English, Vol. 5 No.II – July, 2009

"This play desires to tell the truth. The truth told by aborigines is different from the white version of history."

Exploring the pain of the 'Stolen Generations'

Juliet Rowan,, 2002

Commentry by Juliet Rowan in advance of the 2002 presentation of 'Stolen' as part of the Tokyo International Performing Arts Festival.

Australian Biography: Lowitja O’Donoghue, 1994

Lois O'Donoghue was born in 1932 in a remote Aboriginal community. She never knew her white father and, at the age of two, was taken away from her mother, who she was not to see for 33 years. Includes video clips and teaching resources. 'Lowitja O’Donoghue' is an episode of 'Australian Biography Series 3', produced in 1994.

The tragedy of the "stolen generation"

Gabriela Notaras,, July 2002

"Stolen gives flesh and blood to a policy that has impacted on the overwhelming majority of Aboriginal families."

Irony lightens 'stolen' tales

Valerie Sutherland,, April 2003

"One of the most impressive aspects of Jane Harrison's Stolen... is the way it weaves common elements of the stories of many into a powerful narrative featuring just five protagonists."

Teachers' Notes: Stolen

Belvoir Street Theatre

Teachers' Notes for 'Stolen' by Jane Harrison, produced by Belvoir.

LINK: HSC Drama: Introducing Stolen

Drama Teachers' Network, 11 February 2014

Lesson ideas for 'Stolen' by Jane Harrison.


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