Students to show magic in Melbourne

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MELBOURNE limelight awaits these Launceston College drama students next month as they take their latest production  Myth Project: Twin  to the NEON Festival stage.

The Melbourne Theatre Company-run festival will see 10 showings of the production from July 11 in exploration of Australian myths.

Dissection of tales from Mesopotamian epic  Gilgamesh  to the missing Singaporean flight MH370 presented playwrights Paige Rattray, Duncan Graham, Amelia Evans and Dan Giovannoni with a fascinatingly complex task.

Graham said about 10 sleepless nights were spent working on the tale, which touches on issues such as Australia's development as a maturing and multicultural society.

`` Project  started with an interrogation of one of the first myths that was around, which was Gilgamesh,'' Graham said.

``We've also looked at other Greek plays, looking at the way those works capture really big ideas about a nation in a particular time and place.''

Rattray said the quality of the 30 Launceston College students, and four University of Tasmania performers, had been outstanding.

``They've been so inspiring, they're incredible, they bring such a different quality with them to the performance,'' Rattray said.

``I think there's a certain magic to that, they're coming of age.

The school has launched an online crowd funding plea to assist with travel and accommodation fees for the 34 students over 10 days.

For more information search for  The Myth Project: Twin  on www.pozible.com

Launceston College drama students rehearse their production of Myth Project: Twin. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Launceston College drama students rehearse their production of Myth Project: Twin. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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