On the 4th and 5th of November, the Year 10 Theatre Cohort presented their first public performance, sharing a night of Gothic Theatre with the QACI Community. Audiences were treated to not one, but two plays, and it was wonderful to see the commitment and focus throughout the performance. Both plays were written by Angela Betzien, and are in the style of Australian Gothic Theatre, which seeks to portray marginalised voices from Australia's past. The evening featured themes of the supernatural, the environment and historical reconciliation, which engaged audiences, and provided insight into how children have been disenfranchised throughout Australia's history.
The first play, Children of the Black Skirt unpacks the stories of Australia's history, told through the lens of children from the 1800s up to modern times. Unable to sleep, two children in an orphanage tell each other the stories of the trapped spirits of marginalised children, to set them free and to give then a voice. With the use of ensemble moments and motifs, the cast delivered an outstanding performance, and it was wonderful to watch the passion and dedication of these students come alive on stage. Hoods, a very different story, follows Jessie and Kyle, two siblings waiting in a car for their mum to return. As they sit in the carpark, they watch as strangers pass by, and through flashbacks, audiences begin to understand the events that have led up to this moment. The cast created engaging scenes through an impressive incorporation of production elements and an energetic physicality, which led to a highly dynamic performance from everyone.
With support from Directors Mr Dan Crestani and Mr Brad Jennings, students worked hard to deliver an energised and captivating show and thanks to Tech Support from Year 10 students Hugo and Amelia, production elements like lighting and sound helped to enhance an already impressive performance. As part of an ensemble, it was wonderful to watch the cast exhibit how teamwork and commitment combine to create a highly entertaining and visually impressive show that everyone involved should be proud of.
Congratulations to the Year 10 Theatre cohort on a wonderful first performance – we can't wait to see what you do next!
...article written by Anna Ryley, Year 11