Dramatic Adventures – Vala program

Aeon Academy’s Vala Dramatic Adventures program is a unique mode of learning and play. It gives young people the chance to ‘live out’ different lives, times, and places by playing characters in an collaborative, improvised story. These “dramatic adventures” blend oral storytelling, improvised theatre, roleplaying, tabletop games, and live-action physical games to immerse participants in other worlds – whether historical, literary, mythological, or fantastical – and their stories.

The program draws inspiration from many places, but is a wholly original creation that has been exploring the educational benefits of imaginary play for nearly 15 years.

These holidays, we’ll be presenting the following exciting and dramatic adventures:

Week 1 (14th – 17th April)

Tuesday, April 14th: The Murder of Lord Darnley

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Shock and suspicion rock the Court of Mary Queen of Scots when an explosion one night after midnight proves a clue in the abrupt murder of her husband, Lord Darnley. Finding themselves at the mercy of the gathering political storm as nobles exploit the situation to their own goals, the members of the Court must be cunning, be trustworthy, and be very careful indeed if they are to avoid misplaced blame and punishment over The Murder of Lord Darnley.

Wednesday, April 15th: Mount Raven Looms

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The Elf-Tower stands in the shadow of the range of mountains whose highest peak is Mt Raven. It rises atop the farthest-flung hill which is like a stark bastion to the advance of the Twilit Woods. The Tower is made of black glistening stone, its base always girt with deep shadow such that it appears to grow out of the same substance.

“By black faery sorcery, a door will open at midnight! 

Only fools and madmen linger here to see it. 

Only those who long for death would enter through it!”

And yet… and yet… a great and wondrous TREASURE is said to lay within…

Thursday, April 16th: The Great Translator

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Buddhism is enjoying a revival all throughout Tibet, as the Mystic Master Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen work to enlighten the people. But many still resist, and Padmasambhava suggests to the King that having access to certain magical texts from India would assist him. A great competition is announced in order to find the wisest people in Tibet, to be trained in languages and mystical powers so they may go and obtain copies of these rare books. And so the King’s ministers begin their search for the man who will someday be called The Great Translator 

Friday, April 17th: Knight School – Tests of Valour

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New Adventures abound!

Like their Templar ancestors before them in medieval times, students in today’s world accept secret invitations to join an ancient College of Knightcraft & Chivalry which remains hidden deep in the countryside of mysterious time-hallowed Cornwall.

Pack your sword and shield and reply via owl post to your invitation to join Vala School of Knightcraft and Chivalry. Join a brand-new class of Squires as they master the art of the sword and get into all the mischief that one secret school in the English countryside can hold. 

Sneak out past curfew, pull pranks on Belch the surly caretaker, explore the old smugglers’ tunnels in the high red cliffs, compete for house points and glory, and wander around in the nearby town of Redcliffe in between training, exercises, sword-sharpening, and mock battles.

Week 2 (20th – 24th April)

Monday, April 20th: Rise of the Bushrangers

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Living wild in the forests as hunters with the permission of the British government, our group of convicts make a visit to Hobart Town to sell kangaroo meat and enjoy the charms of civilisation. Prices are not what they hoped for, but a chance encounter with an older convict plants the seed of an idea: establish ties with the Aboriginal people to improve their situation. Sounds simple enough, if it weren’t for the government ordering them back to town, the strange ways of the Big River Tribe, and getting caught up by bushranger history with The Rise of the Bushrangers.

Tuesday, April 21st: Camelot Rising

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Returning from the final hard-fought battles to unify Britain under the rule of High King Arthur, a group of knights get to experience both the merry partying and the learning and civilisation of Arthur’s reign. But the countryside remains untamed, and they soon  find themselves drawn away on a mighty quest that will challenge their strength of arms, their strength of character, and the strength of Arthur’s reign itself as they strive to fulfil the promise of Camelot Rising.

Wednesday, April 22nd: Time Bandits and Buccaneers

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What better way to visit significant times and places in history and culture than as a member of the ʻTime Banditsʼ? This band of multifarious midgets once served the Supreme Being, making all the small things like boulders and shrubs until they angered him by making a particularly smelly bush. After being harshly scolded they petulantly stole His Map to All-of-Space-and-Time and are now travelling through portals therein identified… stealing the greatest treasures ever known at the moments of greatest opportunity! (Just as we have stolen this idea from some of the original Monty Python team, ahem).

Time Bandits Ahoy! Hoist the Jolly Roger as the Time Bandits become Buccaneers with their eyes on the Treasure of Porto Bello.

Thursday, April 23rd: Space Station Saturn Nine

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The year is 2099. Leaving a sad old polluted Earth of diminishing resources, massive overpopulation, and environmental disaster, a motley crew of ne’er-do-wells seek new opportunities out in the Solar System for enterprising smugglers, thieves, hackers, and the like. From near-earth orbit to the Moon, from Mercury to Mars and beyond, get ready for the adventures of your life in a new era where the horizon is yet to be explored.

Friday, April 24th: Knight School – The Mystery of Wolcenmere Lake

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New Adventures abound!

Like their Templar ancestors before them in medieval times, students in today’s world accept secret invitations to join an ancient College of Knightcraft & Chivalry which remains hidden deep in the countryside of mysterious time-hallowed Cornwall.

Pack your sword and shield and reply via owl post to your invitation to join Vala School of Knightcraft and Chivalry. Join a brand-new class of Squires as they master the art of the sword and get into all the mischief that one secret school in the English countryside can hold. 

Sneak out past curfew, pull pranks on Belch the surly caretaker, explore the old smugglers’ tunnels in the high red cliffs, compete for house points and glory, and wander around in the nearby town of Redcliffe in between training, exercises, sword-sharpening, and mock battles.