National Children’s Theatre hosted the second annual SACEE Shakespeare Monologue Competition on 9 May 2017.
This year there were entrants from seven schools, including King David, Linksfield Primary and High Schools, Willowmoore High, Houghton Montessori, Horizon International, Kingsmead and Sacred Heart. Each actor was allowed to perform up to three different speeches to show their versatility.
Speeches from no less than twelve different Shakespeare plays were performed, ranging from comedies like As You Like It to tragedies like King Lear, from well-known favourites like Romeo and Juliet to lesser known plays like Titus Andronicus.
The adjudicators were delighted by the enthusiasm of the performers and impressed by the dramatic impact of many of the speeches. Joshua Wilensky was commended for his energetic gusto as Titus Andronicus gloating over his wicked victims, as well as for his portrayal of a lovesick Duke Orsino. Kira Levin also impressed with her clarity of speech and the effectiveness of her movements as Puck. Highly commended was Zainaaz Hansa, who gave a spirited performance as Puck and a wonderfully wicked rendition of Iago.
The winner was Samuel Hertz from King David Linksfield Primary School, who performed Petruchio’s swaggering speech to Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and two speeches from Macbeth – Macbeth’s “Is this a dagger?” soliloquy and a colourful rendition of the witches’ brew!
The monologues were followed by scenes performed by students of King David Linksfield High. We saw Cleopatra’s outrageous abuse of the poor Messenger who brings her the news that Antony has married someone else from Antony and Cleopatra; the drunken scene with Malvolio’s angry intervention from Twelfth Night; and the Pyramus and Thisbe playlet from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Thank you to the South African Council for English Education and National Children’s Theatre for promoting Shakespeare!
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Visit the National Children’s Theatre website on www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za or phone the theatre on 011 484 1584.