Following the Winter Arts Showcase, Ms. Pryor and Dr. Percival took the Grade 10 Drama students and the DP theatre students on a field-trip to the Kenter Theatre in Taksim. The students had the opportunity to see TNT Theatre Company perform their interpretation of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
This was an original production of ‘Oliver Twist’, realised using Brechtian techniques. The 5 actors (interchangeably representing all of the characters of the original) brought the novel to dramatic life. The one set element – a bench – was utilised skilfully to represent, in turn, a coffin, a bed, a door, a carriage, a house, and a street corner. This paring down of set requirements added to the dynamic movement of the plot. Using Fagin as the narrator, the theatre group managed to reinvent the play as a stark commentary on the injustice and cruelty of the Victorian era.
IICS students were able to use their acquired knowledge of the theatre practitioner, Brecht, to gain a deeper appreciation of the performance. This opportunity for our students to see professional actors use the dramatic techniques that they are studying extends their learning beyond the classroom, and makes authentic links to the Arts curriculum at IICS.
Below are responses to the play from two of our Drama students:
The play featured many techniques we have learnt in class and by watching them performed professionally, I now have a deeper understanding of the techniques.
The play itself was eccentric, evidently proven by innovative movement of the actors and the alternative utilization of the props. All in all, it was a great experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.