UWS and TVS make history come to life with launch of new TV quiz show, 'Histrionics'

Date: 18/05/2009

'Histrionics' - an exciting new television quiz show that is bringing history education to life - is being launched today by former NSW Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr, together with the University of Western Sydney's Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid and TVS Chief Executive Laurie Patton.

The launch is taking place at the UWS Parramatta campus at 12:00pm.

'Histrionics' is a seven-part TV series that's been created by the University of Western Sydney's School of Communication Arts together with the NSW History Teachers' Association, as a way of engaging young people and enlivening the study of history by making it fun and interactive.

The program will premiere on TVS, Sydney's own free-to-air Community Television channel, on Thursday 21 May at 7:00pm.

'Histrionics' is set to be a valuable education tool, with the program's quiz questions based on the NSW History syllabus. The questions were developed in collaboration with the NSW History Teachers' Association.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, says the University is very proud to be supporting the importance of history education with 'Histrionics'.

"It is a pleasure to be launching this exciting new TV program that's been created and produced by our talented students and staff within the School of Communication Arts, and to be broadcast on TVS. UWS hopes 'Histrionics' will serve as a fresh and creative way to inspire school students to engage with the history curriculum," says Professor Reid.

"'Histrionics' has been a true collaborative effort, with the University of Western Sydney's College of Arts, the Office of University Engagement, the NSW History Teachers' Association all combining their creative energies to develop the program. It stands as a fine example of how UWS is 'Bringing Knowledge to Life'."

TVS Chief Executive Laurie Patton says 'Histrionics' is a great example of how Community Television can provide access to locally made programs that otherwise might not make it onto our screens.

"TVS is proud to screen programs like 'Histrionics' - programs that are not only entertaining but are also highly informative," Mr Patton says.

"TVS congratulates UWS and the producers of 'Histrionics' and looks forward to a very successful launch this month."

Eight high schools from across the Sydney metropolitan region are taking part in 'Histrionics' over the next seven weeks. They are: Hurlstone Agricultural High School; Meriden School; Chester Hill High School; Greystanes High School; Model Farms High School; Mt Carmel High School; Caroline Chisholm College; and Strathfield Girls High School.

'Histrionics' is hosted by talented young actor Matt Rossner, with Australian television icon, Lex Marinos, starring as the program's fair and funny Judge.

Through the use of props, costumes, digital production and green screen technology, the high school students are transported back in time to medieval castles, the pyramids of Egypt, the Roman Colosseum, and the days of Australian Federation.

It's in these historical settings that the hosts test the students' knowledge with quiz questions based on the NSW History syllabus.

Professor Reid says 'Histrionics' is a showcase for the UWS School of Communication Arts' leading-edge media production facilities, as well as the University's commitment to engaged learning and its collaborative partnerships with schools.

"'Histrionics' was filmed in the University's $2 million state-of-the-art, full digital studio complex located on the Werrington South campus, which together with the TVS Community Television station also based at our Werrington South campus, provides unrivalled training facilities for our creative and communication arts students," says Professor Reid.

"One of the University's greatest strengths is its partnerships with schools and communities to maximise the educational opportunities for young people, particularly within our own region of Greater Western Sydney.

"The 'Histrionics' program is one such way of inspiring school students, and providing them with the opportunities to recognise the value of education and all that it brings."

'Histrionics' will premiere on TVS on Thursday 21 May at 7:00pm, and will be repeated each Friday at 2:00pm, Sunday at 5:00pm, and Tuesday at 4:30pm.

The 'Histrionics' website - created by UWS School of Communication Arts Design graduates - has more about the program, details on the participating schools, and an interactive history quiz.

For more information about 'Histrionics' visit: www.histrionics.com.au
For more information about TVS program times visit: www.tvs.tv

HISTRIONICS LAUNCH: Monday 18 May 2009, 12:00pm
WHERE: Recreation Hall (Building EG), UWS Parramatta campus, corner James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Parramatta.
CAMPUS MAP: http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/parramatta



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