Life imitating art on stage: The Actor’s Space

The Acting and Performance students performed their Semester 2 2016 assessment through in the recent season with aplomb.

15 Dec 2016

‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players…’ William Shakespeare

Nothing is more true in the world of Acting and Performance at TAFE Queensland Brisbane. In November 2016, the students who study acting and performance from the Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10259NAT) and Bachelor of Acting and Performance in partnership with University of Canberra acted in their assessment performances that could only be described collectively as extremely polished, talented and electric.

Audiences were thoroughly transported through the November performance season.

King Ubu by Alfred Jarry (directed by teacher Anatoly Frusin)

Performed by the first year Diploma of Arts (Acting) (10259NAT) students, the extraordinary King Ubu was originally presented to a shocked audience in Paris in 1896.

The plotline follows Papa Ubu who is only interested in three things; food, money and power. With the encouragement of his equally monstrous wife, Mama Ubu, he is willing to do anything to get them. Nothing is sacred, the play is rude, crude and bad to the bone and considered to be the ‘father’ of modern comedy inspiring the likes of Abbott and Costello, Monty Python and The Simpsons.

study acting and performance - Miller Brand in Henry V
Miller Brand in Henry V

The Life of King Henry the Fifth by William Shakespeare (directed by teacher Anatoly Frusin)

The second year Bachelor of Acting and Performance students brought Henry V to life as their assessment piece in addition to giving a live rehearsal during the Creative Industries showcase event, CRE8 Brisbane 2016.

Undoubtedly one of The Bard’s most famous plays, Henry V tells the tale of young Prince Harry’s ascension to the throne and the resulting battles he faced establishing his authority throughout British and French lands.

Full of ringing speeches, vivid language and political intrigue, Henry V has thrilled audiences since it was first printed and performed in 1600.

The Skriker by Caryl Churchill (directed by lecturer Lisa O’Neill)

Bachelor of Acting and Performance - Amy Hauser as Josie in The Skriker
Amy Hauser as Josie in The Skriker

Proudly taking the honour of being the play as performed by our very first graduating cohort of Bachelor of Acting and Performance students, The Skriker certainly made audience sit up and watch in avid fascination as the story unfolded.

With themes encircling mental illness and impending danger to our natural environment, the plot follows two young sisters, Josie and Lily, alone in the world. Josie is facing the battle of her life against mental illness while Lily is trying to come to terms with teenage motherhood.

The Skriker, an ancient damaged fairy, warns of encroaching environmental disaster while offering refuge to the sisters if they return with her to underworld. Chilling and surreal, The Skriker is a contemporary classic and intense theatrical experience.

Bachelor of Acting and Performance student Amy Hauser who portrayed Josie in The Skriker describes the course as “physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally draining and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Bachelor of Acting and Performance - Geena Scwartz and the Ensemble cast of The Skriker
Geena Schwartz as Lily in The Skriker

Another Skriker lead actor Geena Schwartz, in the role of Lily, said “it’s like tearing apart your soul and letting the audience see you suffer, as you show all of your extremely personal and private fears come out on stage, and then having a beautifully supportive ensemble to help you put yourself back together, so you can do it all again tomorrow.”

TAFE Queensland Brisbane performance seasons take place twice annually in June and November.

Find out more about how you can study Acting and Performance courses at TAFE Queensland Brisbane and studying with teachers and lecturers who bring talent and experience to the classroom as they develop actors of the future. The TAFE Queensland Brisbane Acting and Performance faculty enjoys industry associations with La Boite theatre and NIDA.

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