Brighton Secondary School won the 2011 National Rock Eisteddfod Challenge – the first time in 31 years that a school outside of NSW or Victoria has taken out the national title and firmly cementing the school‚Äôs reputation as a premier performing arts school.
The school went on to represent Australia in the Global Rock Challenge (an online competition) against schools from the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and other countries, narrowly missing being crowned global champions.
Brighton performed ‚ÄòMax‚Äô a dance piece inspired by the story of orphans abandoned by the Ceausescu regime in Romania during the fall of communism in 1989, while cleverly combining their rabbits in mythology theme.
Rabbits appear at dusk and have been seen as harbingers from another world. The orphans made a nightly choice as to whether their toy rabbits would lead them to a world of comfort or nightmares. The sheer emotional power of the piece challenged the audience and the judges commented on the commitment of the performers to the concept.
Adelaide performance website Talk Fringe reported ‚ÄúWhat is truly extraordinary about this act is the fact that despite the age of the performers they bring amazing strength and character to their roles.‚Äù