THEMES: Drug culture, drug overdose, death
CHARACTER AGES: 15 - 50
INCLUDES TEACHERS NOTES
SYNOPSIS In April 2009, two weeks short of his nineteenth birthday, Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds died due to complications from illicit drug use. Using the words of Kristjan’s friends and family interviewed over many months, and inspired by the journal of Kristjan’s father, David Burton has dramatised a powerful story of love, loss, and sadness, with touching humour.
April’s Fool is a thought provoking, memorable, and ultimately optimistic reflection on the choices we make and how they affect those we love.
PRODUCTION HISTORY April’s Fool was originally commissioned by Empire Theatre Project Company, Toowoomba and has since toured to Brisbane and surrounding regions. Nominated for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Literary Award in 2011. April's Fool also toured nationally in 2012.
Includes Educational Resources:
These materials are designed to assist students’ understanding and appreciation of the play April’s Fool by David Burton and the issues it raises. The activities have been designed for a classroom setting and are broken into two sections; section one activities explore verbatim theatre, while the second section provides activities and material to explore the issues, including substance abuse, that arise from the production.