Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) Year 10 2017 Theatre ensemble this Term performed The Howl as part of their preparatory International Baccalaureate Program for theatre.
The Howl was a theatre work commissioned for QACI by Melbourne based playwright Morgan Rose of Riot Stage Theatre Company. Taking inspiration from Euripides’ Ancient play The Bacchae, The Howl explores the pressures of society, the expectation of young women and the tension that exists when you know there must be an alternative, but not what that option is.
Year 10 student Acacia Calder provides her reflection of the performance…
Made as a commentary on the controversy between society wanting to both control every aspect of people’s lives but then wanting to be completely free and disregard the consumeristic society in which we were brought up in. This adaptation of Euripides The Bacchae, was bought to life by the 2017 Year 10 cohort. They not only managed to successfully stage a modern adaptation of a 4th century tale, but to bring it to life with three performances that displayed the passion and dedication each student has to the theatre. As this was their first major performance, the confidence with which they all pulled off many things outside their comfort zone and experience was extraordinary. The choreographed dance performed by the Bacchae gave an amazingly raw impression, helping to break down any pre-conceived ideas of the stage and let the audience be fully emerged in the confrontational chain of events presented to us. Indiah Morris’s performance as Alina, the character who seemingly embodied Dionysus, made the performance utterly compelling with her complete dedication to the role and ability to make her character seem real to everyone watching. It’s a testament to Euripides genius that even thousands of years later his commentaries on a law governed community still ring true.
The Howl was the perfect way of forcing people to think about both the good and bad sections of our world, and the subsequent consequences of wanting to change our current situation. It unearthed topics usually avoided in polite conversation due to its negative connotations, but something that must truly be discussed if we wish to fully understand our society.
It was clear to see the effort and dedication the theatre cohort had put in all year to hone their skills and display them so beautifully in their final production. It’s easy to see that everyone, both onstage and backstage put their hearts and souls into this show and it was clear to see the impact this had on the audience. Well done.
“The Howl effectively critiqued the inequities of society from sweatshops to social media, expectations to anxiety, to the homogenisation and commercialisation of the Arts. The contemporary script, realised by insightful direction, enabled the entire cast to achieve authentic, confident and committed performances. The learning journey of their creative process palpable, the deep dive into layers of research evident, and the symbolism of the wall drew a distinct parallel to the walls being built in our current global political climate” – Anonymous
“Wonderful show, outstanding performers, stunning set…this was fantastic, and not grounded in an instructive agenda, so you’re given the freedom to explore what this show meant to you in your own terms. A rarity, I can assure you.” – Paris Williment, Year 11.
“I just wanted to congratulate you all for putting on such a phenomenal show that I’m even struggling now to articulate how excellent it really was. It’s because of the show that I’m reminded why I love theatre in the first place. From the very first lights up I was on the edge of my seat and I didn’t leave the spot for the entire show. I laughed, I smiled, I stared in disbelief, I watched on with misty eyes as you all sang that powerful final song” – Riley Roth, Year 11.