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Sep 07, 2020

Stirring up some English classics

Last semester, Year 10 students became virtual audience members of Shake and Stir theatre company’s Romeo and Juliet as part of their Unit 0 English studies. This term has seen the College’s remaining Senior School students participate in COVID-19 SAFE live theatre experiences courtesy of the leading contemporary theatre company’s In-Schools program.

Initially, Year 11 students supported their analysis of the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell by seeing its key scenes brought to life in the company’s acclaimed, doubleplusgood production 1984. Most recently, Year 12 students became flies on the wall in witness of the events that lead to the ultimate demise of Macbeth and his wife from both their power-hungry perspectives, in the company’s production of THE MACBETHS. This enabled them to see their Unit 4 English text, the Shakespearean play Macbeth, brought to life against a dynamic, cinematic background, in enhancement of their external examination preparation. The entertaining adaptation gave students a clear overview of the key scenes of the iconic tragedy and facilitated refection on why Macbeth and Lady Macbeth did what they did, through interviews with characters who were intertwined in their story.