KAREN and Bendigo Senior Secondary Students have showcased their theatre skills at the Engine Room theatre in View Street.
The students took part in the Find Our Voice program that encourages participants to translate their personal stories into scripts.
Their works were unveiled last night at the Engine Room theatre in View Street.
Project director Ned Manning said the 25 Karen students and 25 BSSC students had been taking part in two-hour workshops every week to produce their works.
The workshops focused working together, creating characters and writing dialogue.
Media students and a MTC education consultant also completed documentaries of the program.
Students worked with a team of highly experienced playwrights and literary experts from the Melbourne Theatre Company.
"All the kids have done their own work and not about how good it might be but more about the fact they have done it," he said.
"When we started, the Karen kids were barely in the room and I have been astonished at what they have achieved."
Mr Manning said the program was run between Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Victoria and BSSC.
The college received a $35,000 grant from Arts Victoria to initiate the project through the Extended School Residencies Program, which supports creative partnerships between artists, arts organisations and Victorian schools.
The plays that have been produced are all close to the students' hearts.
"Some of their stories are how they got to Australia and one is tradition story set in a village," Mr Manning said.
"They've developed the tools to tell stories."
Mr Manning, who is a playwright, actor and teacher himself, said some BSSC students had also created a play called the Blair Bitch Project which focused on how girls behave to each other.
"The fact that the girls came up with was remarkable," he said.
"It is fantastic writing. When I watch the rehearsals and tech runs, I'm amazed.
"They have exceeded my expectations. The energy of the performances will be exciting."
The students will perform their works at the Lawler Theatre at the Melbourne Theatre Company tomorrow at 4pm.