Antony and Cleopatra (March 2018)
Winners: Annie Yan and Esther Suen
Report: On the 25th of March, we went to the Sydney Opera Playhouse to view Bell Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra’s production. The play was set in a cozy, small and round stage which conveyed meaning through utilising sound, lighting, and special effects. We especially liked the sheer curtain that text was projected upon. Minimal costumes and staging were also used. However, because of this, it was somewhat difficult to keep up with the story, but this was made up for by the engaging and excellent performance from the actors.
This play was quite interesting as it was a contemporary rendition yet still retained the traditional form and context. However due to our lack of knowledge about the play we were also lost at times but still got the general gist in the end.
Pop-up Globe (August 2018)
Gave away over 60 tickets!
Yolanda Pu (Year 7)
On a Saturday, I went to see an “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performance in the pop up globe. According to Dr Lin, this will be a “Shakespearean” performance where all the actors were men, and there were different seats. She got us some spots in the groudling section.
As I watched the performance go on I realized it is not as serious as I thought it would be. The actors acting the women’s parts are wearing ridiculous puffy dresses. When Hermia and Lysander fled Athens and went in the forest, Hermia hilariously carried a whole suitcase with her. This was not in the play and I found it quite amusing to see Lysander helping Hermia carry her giant suitcase around.
Some of my favourite things about the performance were 1. How the fairies spoke in gibberish and nobody in the audience could understand and 2. The fake blood used in the mechanicals’ play, even though a lot of this sticky red substance stuck to me. Mostly my face. WHY ME?
I thought the performance was a quicker way of covering the play as it is probably modified so that it is shorter than actual “Shakespearean plays”, but still contained most of the information. Watching it instead of reading it is fairly amusing as you actually see the actors stumble around on stage saying silly things instead of black on white paper.
Personalised Pencil Case (October 2018)
• Penelope Jin (Year 6)
• Yolanda Youqi Pu (Year 7)
• Monica Kim (Year 12)
Battery Packs (March 2019)
• Minqing Ning
• Jennifer Su
• Jessie Qin