Perseverance Street Theatre Company’s production Lizard recently toured to three local secondary schools and is set to hatch in more schools in 2023. Booking for Lizard have tripled in the last month as schools plan their 2023 performance program.
directed so well. I love the freshness of it all!”
Award winning playwright Merlyn Tong attended our recent community showing at Long Flat Hall and said,
Playwright Sofia Abbey crafted Lizard, after an intensive collaboration process with young people, performance artists and theatre in education specialists. Reviewed in two creative development phases, the play was tested with school audiences and with teachers, modified and re-drafted in response to their feedback. Lizard is suitable for students in grades 7 to 12 however it was specifically devised for lower secondary. It combines comedy, slapstick and a fast-paced plot which engages and entertains young audiences. The cartoon like, colourful and playful design and physical comedy acting style, effectively balances the heavier dramatic conflict between siblings and friends.
Lizard differs from some other touring productions due to the larger cast and the production specific set. There are four young professional actors, each playing only one character. With a vibrant set and full character costumes, the performance aims to push the boundaries of what is possible with touring shows in terms of visual and aesthetic impact. This is a deliberate choice to ensure that students can access the story, characters and are exposed to a rich theatrical experience. Special thanks to actor, writer and director Zachary Boulton for his valuable artistic input into Lizard, taking this production to higher levels of polish and physical comedy.