81st Shakespeare Day - A Day Full of Mirth & Merriment

8 May 2019

On Wednesday 8 May, we celebrated the work of The Bard of Avon and held our 81st Shakespeare Day at Fintona. William Shakespeare’s impact on the English language and the world of literature is insurmountable: he is attributed with creating more than 2200 new words or new forms of words, many of which are used today in Modern English. Betrayal, revenge, duty, honour and remorse are some of the many themes addressed through his plays. Having a keen intellect and insightful understanding of the human condition, he produced a body of work, which transcends cultural and national boundaries.

Despite the passage of time, his work resonates with modern audiences because of how his plays reveal the trials and tribulations of modern human societies through his lively characters and their entangled interactions. Fintona and the English Faculty pay tribute to the playwright by teaching his plays in our classes in the Senior School and dedicating a day in his honour for us to gather as a school community and appreciate seeing his work performed on stage. In 2019, the plays studied were The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew with selected scenes from each play performed by students from Years 9 to 12. The performances were of a high calibre whereby the students enacted the scenes with enthusiasm and great energy. Each performer captured the essence of the character they were playing with the use of clear diction and physicality. The costumes, sound effects and props were carefully chosen and added to the theatrical experience.

I wish to thank the Masters of Ceremony, the Musicians, the Stage Managers, the Adjudicators, the English Faculty, the photographer, the Maintenance team, the Audio-Visual staff, Executive Assistant to the Principal and the Shakespeare Day Performers for their help with ensuring the day was enjoyed by all.

Michelle Maglitto
English Co-ordinator