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Alice Miller School, Mount Macedon

To Whom it may concern, 
I wanted to write regarding the plays of Alaine Beek, and in particular "Point of No Return'. At my
school I do a subject called Text to Performance. In this subject we take plays, read them and look at
the wider cultural context if the play, Alaine's plays are perfect for this. Using Point of No Return we
were able to look at early convict life through the lens of children. Something that was exceptionally
engaging for the students in my class, who are about the same age. Using the play we delved deep
into the world of the child convict and the students were able to connect with the text. This kind of
connection to text is invaluable and with Point of No Return this proved easy.
After working on the script (and a session with Alaine who came to our school) I organised my
students to see a performance of the play at The Capital Theatre Bendigo.  This was the highlight of
the process for the students who were fully engaged and immersed into the live performance.  The
play was powerful and enlightening and my students deeply connected with it giving me plenty of
material to work with back in the classroom.

I highly recommend Alaine's plays to teachers and for high school aged drama students to experience
Point of No Return.

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