Encore for Shakespeare at Ellenbrook Christian College

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 12 July 2017

After a short run and a series of great reviews from students, staff, and parents alike, Ellenbrook Christian College’s Year 12 Drama Students have announced two encore performances to a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

“When English teachers mention Shakespeare, it is usually a cue for groans and sighs from students”, said Danielle Grisham, secondary teacher at Ellenbrook Christian College.

“However, Shakespeare’s ideas and themes are timeless – what one man wrote about in the 16th and 17th centuries are still valid today.

“The Year 12 Students managed to transform a play about power and ambition in Scotland into a turf war set in the Mafia underworld, and they did it masterfully!”, she said.

The drama students, led by teacher Caity Stafford, translated some of Macbeth’s most iconic scenes into a modern context.

Macbeth’s grab for power did not come from a prophesy by weird sisters, but from a hallucination during a breakdown caused by post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There were many times throughout the evening that I had goosebumps; thanks to the choreography, the marriage of lighting and sound, and the transformative acting of Max Denis (Macbeth) and Mary Sullivan (Lady Macbeth),” she said.

“For fans of great drama and Shakespeare in particular, this is Macbeth like you have never seen it”, added Ellenbrook Christian College Principal Mr. Justin Krause.

“There was an intensity of performance and atmosphere that kept me on edge throughout the production.

“It was no surprise that they received a standing ovation on their first night. There were numerous requests for an encore performance and the team have jumped at the chance”, he said.

The two performances will take place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July 2017 from 7.30 to 9.30pm, with tickets available on the College website at www.ellenbrook.wa.edu.au