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‘Sucker Punch’ proves to be an impactful creative project

Published:01 August 2017

Tegan Devine (top left) and various images from preparations for Sucker Punch.

Can a theatre production help save lives? Tegan Devine certainly hopes so.

The Yeppoon resident is creating and documenting progress towards a new play called Sucker Punch, as her project for CQUniversity’s Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries.

Tegan says the idea to spotlight the potential pitfalls of coward punches emerged last year.

Since then she has been researching, workshopping and devising the show alongside 13 of the teen actors enrolled in her Devine Drama & Dance studio.

“The play we have devised is fictional but it’s based on plenty of research into real-life coward punch situations,” Tegan says.

“We have two shows booked for the Yeppoon Little Theatre in September with the possibility of touring to Rockhampton and further afield later on.

"Last year my acting students and I created another original show Moments from a #Teenlife ... it was a huge success and was so well received by audiences that it inspired us to continue creating compelling and original theatre."

Tegan was a pioneering graduate from CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Performing Arts around a decade ago and has since completed a year of study at the NIDA Young Actors’ Studio and an Advanced Diploma of Acting through the Actors’ Workshop in Brisbane.

She also travelled to New York City to complete her training in the Meisner Technique at The Ward Acting Studio, noting that this course was "the most challenging and rewarding experience of her acting career thus far".

When not busy teaching and training emerging talent, she has taken the chance to perform in musicals at Rockhampton’s Pilbeam Theatre, including Wicked, Mary Poppins, Evita and Legally Blonde.

Sucker Punch is showing at Yeppoon Little Theatre (64 William Street, Yeppoon) from 7 pm on Saturday 9 September and from 2 pm on Sunday 10 September. Tickets are available via devinedramadance@gmail.com .