25 Jan 2019

Shakespeare’s Darkest and Lightest Moments in ‘Ill Met By Moonlight’

From Shakespeare’s darkest moments to his lightest scenes ‘Ill Met By Moonlight’ an Island School production, performed this week, included the classics.

Ill Met By Moonlight incorporated scenes from Macbeth, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, and finished with the hilarious Midsummer Night’s Dream!

The audience were welcomed by the cast posing as the wedding party of the Duke Theseus and Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta. As the cast moved around the campus delivering their lines in spooky corners of the library or in darken corridors the audience followed. They watched classic scenes such as, the maddening of Lady Macbeth and Benedick and Beatrice agreeing to “kill Claudio!”

In the final acts of the evening, Midsummer Night’s Dreamers, Bottom, Puck, the Lovers and the Fairies of the woods, delighted the audience.

Head of Drama Sophie Welsh said, “Ill Met By Moonlight, was an amazing collaboration of specialists and students from Drama, Music, Textiles, Dance, the Visual Arts, and English.”

When asked about how she felt about the performance, Year 10 student, Noor Rizvi, said, “Doing this play really changed the way I see Shakespeare. It really helped me in understanding the dynamic behind his lines. I’ve developed more respect for him as a playwright and I was pleasantly surprised by how acting assisted me in understanding the lines.”

Year 10 student Sarita Long shared her experience she said, “The play was definitely not your typical Shakespeare play – it was interactive, which meant the audience was a character in a way, and the fact that they were right in front of you forced the actors to involve them. I think that I’ve learnt a lot more about performing.”

Principal, Stephen Loggie said, “The actors were outstanding, it was a wonderful performance and I am exceptionally impressed with the staff and students who put this show together.”

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By Taylor Chen, Media Team