The Year 12 Drama students spent the term studying the bard, William Shakespeare. The term kicked off with a workshop run by the summer Shakespeare cast and director, Peter Hambleton. Students were excited to be directed by Peter, who is well known for his theatre and film in New Zealand and overseas. We all enjoyed going to see The Comedy of Errors at the esplanade, and it gave students to the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s work brought to life in a sometimes hilarious and well-executed way. Students then prepared to perform their own scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which were performed to the Year 11 Dance class in the last week of term. The drama room was turned into our own version of the Globe Theatre for these performances. Congratulations to the class for getting to grips with this material, and engaging the audience as if they were another character in the scene, something Peter Hambleton urged us to do.
The Year 13 Drama students tackled political theatre this term, exploring the work of Bertolt Brecht and primarily his famous work, Mother Courage. Students were asked to interpret scenes from this play using various political features to express a social message. This was done in a range of creative and original ways, using symbolic costumes, paint and sounds. The complex performance features shown were fantastic – congratulations to the class and Miss Mudd!