A troupe of Murdoch's theatre students flies to Malaysia this month to run workshops and perform the latest Murdoch University Children’s Performance Group production.
The production The Phoenix and the Fighting Pandas of Yunnan Province will show at the Temple of Fine Arts in Jahor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur and the Drama Arts facility in Singapore.
"The production and workshops are designed as an educational resource," said Associate Professor Jenny de Reuck, writer and director of the production and head of the Children's Performance Group at Murdoch's School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The multi-media, theatrical experience incorporates puppetry, lavish costumes, original music and a script that blends physical theatre with an appealing story-line.
"The troupe has already performed to over 2000 primary school children through the sell-out season in Perth.
"As with all our productions, we seek not merely to entertain, but to educate as well in the true spirit of Theatre in Education."
The overseas productions will be held in conjunction with the hosting facilities: The Temple of Fine Arts International Malaysia – Johor Bahru, The Temple of Fine Arts International Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur and Drama Arts Ltd, Singapore.
The tour is part of the University's launch of a new major in Theatre and Drama, beginning next year in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
"We're looking to establish an international relationship with Malaysia's Temple of Fine Arts and we will be offering an intensive two week unit in Kuala Lumpur from 2011 as part of an intercultural initiative for theatre and drama students at Murdoch."