Shakespeare Day Guide

SHAKESPEARE DAY…… A few pointers- for everyone involved

The following is an attempt to advise the judges what to look out for when assessing the productions on SHAKESPEARE DAY and by the same token let the competing classes know what is expected of them by these self same judges. Quick translation: Judges, this is what to look out for, pupils, this is what to show them. But first a word of caution about ‘adaptations’ of Shakespeare:

Classes must  use Shakespearian language. This however does not mean that classes cannot set their plays in another period; in fact this can show original thought and creativity. However one must remember that one reason to Shakespeare’s enduring popularity is his exquisite use of language and to jettison this wholly tends to miss the point. ‘Modern’ does not necessarily mean ‘better’. Furthermore, although Shakespeare frequently used song and dance in his plays, in particular his comedies, they were still completely relevant to the themes and plot development. Classes who decide to have gratuitous music and / or dance numbers which have little if any relevance to the play, but are simply used to ‘show off’ or to please the audience will not be judged favourably. Shakespeare may have used the word “ho” a lot, but that don’t make him no rapper.


Best Overall production ( most “bang for your buck”: the best overall combination of story, set, lighting, sound, direction, costumes, etc etc.)

Best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress. (Believable characterization, good voice projection, not rushing through lines, not keeping back to audience, etc)

Best scenography (creativity in set, and remember, a set doesn’t necessarily have to be painted. Sets using lighting, projection or other inventive solutions can contribute greatly to the overall effect of a production. And a good set also means one that doesn’t take ages to ‘set’ up in between scenes, causing the audience to fall asleep or leave the auditorium. Remember: we have facilities for projection, so USE IT.

Best lighting and / or sound (inventive and appropriate use of light and sound, not missing cues, etc)

Best PR. (which group ‘sold’ its play most effectively without going outside school rules, such as setting up posters in undesignated areas. Such action is not only extremely bothersome to the staff but will also result in disqualification from the competition). PR for a play can be, for example: posters, to be displayed on screens outside the aula or on the third floor, ‘happenings’ and also trailers, generally shown on the monitors or on a monitor outside the lunch room.

Audience favourite, which goes to the production which receives the best audience response. (read clapping, cheering, spontaneous crying, fainting, mass hysteria : you get the picture)


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