- Fri 20 May - Sat 28 May
In Grade 12, the 18-year-old has arrived at the culmination of their Waldorf Education. The curriculum is an immensely rich one that includes two particularly memorable highlights. These two threshold adventures are the Grade 12 project and the Grade 12 plays. The project will be presented early in the 4th term and the plays are now upon us.
The budding adult “I” of the 18-year-old is just ripe for these deeply self-expressive projects. During the play process the teacher is an important guiding voice, but the real work of mounting the production is taken on by the whole class who are usually willing to do whatever it takes to produce a stellar performance where each one can shine.
The 18-year-old brings a newly awakened poise and capacity to the task of consciously exploring and penetrating his or her character. It is here in the expressing of this character before a witnessing and attentive audience that the student experiences and is affirmed in their emerging “I”, their more clearly sounding individuality.
Performing a play like this must undoubtedly also be a hugely triumphant and enriching way of coming to the end of one’s Waldorf education.
PLAZA SUITE by NEIL SIMON
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of a couple occupying a suite at the Savoy Plaza Hotel while their house is being painted. The suite is the same one in which they honeymooned 23 years (or was it 24 years?) before; and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters will make you laugh, but will also make you alive to the quandaries of marriage.
THE BIRTHDAY by FIONA COYNE
Expectant family members meet in the waiting room of a South African maternity hospital. At the same time, the 1995 Rugby World Cup is on TV. This funny little play highlights a milestone along the road of our democracy and is a hybrid of satire and sentimentality.
Appropriately set in a maternity ward, this play is a witness to the birth of another kind of miracle.
EQUUS by PETER SHAFFER
In Equus – a play that took critics and public alike by storm – Peter Shaffer uses, paradoxically, a deranged youth, who blinds six horses with a spike, and a psychiatrist to show how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. PG 13