The students of Shishuvan have done a fabulous job where – in order to accommodate most of the class in speaking parts – they had 5 Orlandos, 5 Rosalinds and 5 of all the rest in the five Acts they performed – woven very skilfully and cleverly with no confusion whatsoever. When I first read this in the programme I almost thought they would put up a spoof. I am pleasantly surprised that they have managed so many parallel characters and yet kept the unity intact. Well done. The use of the original Shakespearean verse in the rhythms of modern speech was sophisticated and delightful theatre. Stage space was used brilliantly. I also loved the minimalism. The use of large potted plants to symbolically create the forest, simple props and a single accessory to denote costume was so refreshing. I do believe schools must invest in getting children trained in speech and drama because it contains a multitude of skills and spend less on elaborate sets and tailored costumes that are time consuming and wasteful. Once Vidushi asked me to name 3 people who had influenced me. It sent me hurtling down memory lane and a long lane that was, knocking briefly on one door only to zip to the next…..yes she attracted me.. yes he impressed me..but inspire? Now that’s a special word. Inspiration is a life enhancer, to me it is a turning point where someone takes you by the hand and walks you on to a different path and says walk …… fear not it will be for the better. Being the cynical soul that I am, where my scrutinizing binoculars go before I come in, it was difficult to be inspired by many people. There was definitely a lot of support from some in power, a lot of love given and reciprocated but inspiration is another dimension. So the names that surfaced to mind were:
Educationist, thinker, boss, friend. The then director and founder of the Gifted Centre in Auckland where I taught for a few years. When I met Rosemary, I had been a teacher trudging along.. alone. I...
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