Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program

A very big thank you to all who supported and attended last Friday evening’s performance of Macbeth.

During Week 2, Year 10 Drama students participated in the Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program under the direction of Chris Tomkinson. Throughout the week a series of workshops allowed students to delve into the complex world of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging tragedies. Their hard work culminated in a highly engaging performance in the main quad where the audience were wowed by the commitment, energy and focus of the performers.

A special thank you to Ms Angela Morosin, Mrs Casey Scoines and Mrs Christine Woods for their tireless efforts throughout the week, our fantastic maintenance team for helping us construct our outdoor stage, Mr Roberto Jorquera for taking such beautiful photos and Ms Barbara Watkins and Ms Marina Ugonotti for their continued support of the program.

Following are reflections from some of our Year 10 Drama students about their learning experiences during the program.

“Bell Shakespeare was a fun and enlightening experience. It allowed us to work as an ensemble and helped us gain more confidence and break out of our comfort zones. It also enriched our knowledge of the Elizabethan theatre conventions and gave us insight into how Shakespeare’s plays were traditionally performed. We found it challenging to process all the new information  but as the week progressed, we found it easier to apply our new found knowledge into our individual performances. Overall, we had such a fun time and can’t wait to see next year’s performance.”

Tara Savell-McKean & Zoe Madigan

“The Bell Shakespeare experience was a truly amazing opportunity that we will never forget. Some of the highlights of working on this program was learning about Shakespearean theatre style and experiencing the different conventions of this type of theatre. Some challenges we experienced were the long hours each day, but when the performance came together it assured us that our hard work had paid off.”

 Anika Bharadwaj and Emma Roberts