Shakespeare Carnival Success

The Shakespeare Carnival is a prestigious competition that invites schools to showcase quality performance work, setting a high standard across the state. Encouraged and coached by the Drama department, this year’s Carnival rotated around the Bard’s seminal text, Othello.

The State-wide competition encourages the performance of Shakespeare’s plays and engagement with a range of themes and ideas. This year we fielded entrants in five categories: Group Devised, Ensemble scenes, Duologue, Physical Theatre, and Music composition.

The students develop their work over the term, using the elements of drama, directing skills, and working collaboratively with creativity.

This year Trinity Grammar hosted the Inner West Regional final with six other schools attending and competing for places in the State Grand Final. It was a fantastic evening sponsored by the Sport for Jove Theatre Company who also act as masters of ceremonies. After a quick workshop, some Shakespeare trivia, and many performances the judges announced the winners.

The results were:

Regional Finalists and awarded Associates of Sport for Jove Theatre Company for their Group Devised piece, newcomers from Year 7: Peter Bott, Hugo Bruce, Sam Davoren, Jackson Deng, Geronimo Devitt, Benjamin Gallo, Alexander Henry, Axel Lee, Ashvin Nagaratnam.

Regional Finalist: also awarded Associates of Sport for Jove Theatre Company

Runner up for the Physical Theatre Category, Alexei Baldwin, Noah Blomfield, Jack Fahd, Hamish Gray, Jayden Higgins, and Ryan Kesby.

Regional Finalist: also awarded Associates of Sport for Jove Theatre Company,

Runner up the Ensemble Scene were James Brockie, Thomas Jenkins and Aiden Lee.

Regional Winners: also awarded Associates of Sport for Jove Theatre Company and Winners of the Duologue category and will representing Trinity at the State Finals, Joseph Britton and Lochlan Demark.

Regional Winner: Music Composition- “That Kills for Love, Act 5 scene 2, Othello” representing Trinity at the State final, Hamish Gray.

It was a well-attended event that spoke to the poetry and beauty in the words of Shakespeare and the camaraderie and respect between rival schools. I was a very proud drama teacher and would like to sincerely thank the School for supporting such events in particular; Brendan Duhigg, MIC Drama; Scott Bradburn, Year 7 Drama Club teacher; Sam Mulgrew, Drama Co-curricular assistant; and the technical genius that is Ben Cotton and Steve Pupo. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge Rosie Nunez and Brad Wirth for venue management, and the wonderful parental support whose partnership is essential.

The competition at State level will be intense but I know our boys will do their best.

Congratulations to all involved.

Ms Kathryn Smith-Sergi |Shakespeare Carnival Co-ordinator, 2021.

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