TAS students take honours at Shakespeare celebration

Posted 20th June 2017

All the world’s a stage – and at the NSW Shakespeare Carnival a group of players from The Armidale School students so impressed judges with their parts, the troupe has returned home from Sydney as victorious as Henry V at Agincourt.

Held at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale on 18 June and hosted by the Sport for Jove Theatre Company, the carnival brings together Drama students tasked with tapping into the spirit of ‘The Bard’ in fresh and innovative ways.

Thomas Bailey (Armidale), Ellen Coote (Moree), William Almond (Yamba), George Lane (Inverell) and Kira Dooner (Armidale) took out the group mash-up section against dozens of other schools with an ensemble piece that creatively co-opted some of Shakespeare’s tragic figures in an ultimately doomed effort to create a new romantic comedy.

Meanwhile Hattie Oates (Tamworth), Disa Smart and Molly Dooner (both Armidale) won the Music section with an original composition based on the balcony soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet. As well, they were invited to do an internship with the Sport For Jove Theatre Company at the end of the year.

“It was a terrific achievement that students from the country took out a third of the categories against such talented competition,” TAS Creative Arts Coordinator and senior Drama teacher Mr Andrew O’Connell said.

“After a massive day workshopping the pieces they took to the York Stage of the Seymour Centre and while being the underdogs, were praised by the judges for the inventiveness and creativity.”