National Children’s Theatre starts its 2018 Season with William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, IEB school set work for Grade 10, 11 and 12.
It’s a torrid love story. At its core is the epic romance of all time: two dramatic individuals consumed with and by passion, the brave soldier Mark Antony and the bewitching Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra.
Shakespeare’s epic love story Antony and Cleopatra is set during the prime days of the Roman Empire. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony reaches the heights of power, but trades his reputation, wisdom, and strength as a leader of an empire for the love of Cleopatra, the powerful, successful and seductive Queen of Egypt. Antony neglects Rome and his duties for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress in Egypt. Eventually, torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him. Jealousy, betrayal and war cannot refute the lovers’ undying passion for each other. Doomed, they ultimately both kill themselves for love.
This visually exciting production brings a contemporary vibrancy to an ancient tragedy, staying true to Shakespeare’s poetic language, and highlighting its themes and motifs for English and Drama learners. The production is presently travelling to schools nationwide and continues until the end of May 2018. The presentation keeps closely to the text and is directed towards enhancing knowledge of students studying the set work for their matric examination. At the conclusion of every show students are invited to participate in a Q and A.
There is still time for schools that haven’t yet done so, to sign up.