AISHK Shakespeare Festival 2021 Final Performances Recap

Last Friday, the first ever AISHK Shakespeare Festival culminated in an action filled competition final. There was a fantastic buzz and energy in the auditorium as 10 groups performed for the audience of Year 7 to 10 students, challenging themselves and entertaining the masses with the words of the Bard himself!

The competition title of best group performance was taken out by Aria Thompson, Charlotte Christmas, Matilda Dear, Scarlett Ezekiel, Natalia Ezekiel, Maxine Tsang, Alice Harbottle and Cammy Oxley (all Year 8) who presented their interpretation of Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Not only did these girls learn the original Shakespearean dialogue word for word, but they should also be commended for their creative direction which saw The Prince represented as a hilarious zimmer-frame wielding octogenarian!

Our judges, Mr West, Mr McGunnigle and Ms Zhang also chose to issue the following awards at their discretion:

  • Jeannie Leung, Isabella Lai, Tiare Short, Crystal Liang, Emma Phillis and Kimmi Lynn for their musical appropriation of Act IV, Scene 1 of Macbeth,
  • Camlyn Tippett, Savanna Chow, Amelie Thompson, Natasha Pizzala, Jesse Brown and Charlie Walsh their poster design which reflected their interpretation of Act 3 of A Midsummer Nights Dream
  • Valerina Van Tassell, Vegas Puels and Jess Phillips for their wonderfully choreographed performance of Act IV, Scene 1 of Macbeth,
  • Anders Lam, Adam Lam, Brandan Murphy and Tommy Xu for their reimagined, high energy performance of Act V, Scene 8 of Macbeth.

There is no doubt that the Shakespeare Festival has been a roaring success, challenging the pre-conceived ideas of students and community members alike. Of course, such an event would not have been possible without the support of Mr Howard West, Mr Peter Phillips, Ms Aileen O’Donnell and Mrs Janine Haymes who not only contributed enthusiasm but also moral support throughout the whole process.  Special thanks should also go to Mr Peter Stapleton and Mr Stapleton ‘Junior’ (Daniel) for their tech support during the competition and Mr Caleb Mui for conceptualising and facilitating the Year 9 Mock Trials.

As a community we have truly shared the joy of Shakespeare in recent weeks, proving once and for all that “Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all time”.

Jo Craig | Head of Year 8 & Assistant Head of English and French