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Year 13 One Act Plays

June 16, 2016 at 1:09 PM

The NCEA Level 3 Drama curriculum calls for students to demonstrate their understanding of NZ theatre in a variety of ways. One of these is to be a part of a live production in an acting, directing or stage management role. 

Over the past two nights, the Year 13 Drama students have presented a selection of one act plays by Kiwi playwrights in the Jack Paine Centre to an audience of their classmates, parents and friends.

The intimate setting of the JPC lends itself particularly well to these short, often edgy productions that push the boundaries for the students and audience alike.

The five one act plays, a mix of student and staff directed productions, were a combination of comedy and drama. The plots ranged from reimagining famous tragic characters, such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Sophocles’ Antigone, as angst ridden teenagers, to a farcical policy conceived by the Ministry of Education.

With minimal props and costuming, the drama was stripped bare to place the focus on the actors and their stage craft; their ability to not only deliver their lines but to use complex dramatic skills to fully engage their audience.

Well done to the Year 13s for two great nights of entertainment.

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