The Year 12 Drama Artist in Residence Project 2015 concluded on Friday 22 May with the final performance of Svetlana’s Variety Hour (for sheep) at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. The show received rave reviews from the audience, and the cast, Drama staff and our Artist in Residence Clint Bolster of Homunculus Theatre Company, are delighted that they have created this new and surprising work of comic theatre.
This is a big project, which has been part of the College calendar for almost 2 decades. The aim is to create a learning environment where the stakes are high, and the students must work as independent artists, supported by experts who advise and help to shape the work. The collaborative process mirrors the professional world, and the students work collegially with their teachers. The demands of such a project require full commitment, and trust in the expertise of the staff and the Artist in Residence.
The Drama Department has a long standing association with Clint, and Svetlana’s Variety Hour (for sheep) is the fourth new work Clint has collaborated on with Yr 12 students at the College. As Artistic Director of Homunculus Theatre Company, Clint brings with him vast practical knowledge of comic form, and a knack for captivating students’ imaginations. It was this know-how that made the show such a success, and we would all like to thank Clint again for his hard work.
Now that the show is over, the cast is reflecting on the experience. Not only do they feel they have accomplished something great, they have realised what serious commitment means and through this hard graft they have become an ensemble keen to work collaboratively again.
Congratulations to our Yr12 Drama students, and thanks again to all those who supported the Drama Artist in Residence Project 2015.