This professional learning workshop explores a new virtual reality resource developed by theatre researcher, Dr Gillian Arrighi from the University of Newcastle, and considers its educational potential and applications schools. Drawing on her extensive archival research, UoN’s Innovation Team have created a unique VR experience which brings alive the soon to be restored Victoria Theatre in Newcastle.
The heritage-listed Victoria is the oldest surviving theatre in NSW and Australia’s third-oldest theatre, with a rich history of local and international performances since it opened in 1891. The UoN research team now invites drama educators to engage with the resource and investigate possible ways it could be utilised by students and teachers. An exciting new educational project is in development that will examine how learners and teachers might interact in the virtual theatre space to play in the world and times of the Victoria Theatre in its heyday of the 1890s. Come along to explore this virtual theatre and the new immersive possibilities VR might yield for teaching and learning in and beyond the drama curriculum.