The Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition | Sunday Observer

The Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition

The annual Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition, better known as ‘Shakes’ organised by the Colombo YMCA and the Rotary Club of Colombo North was held last week at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo. It is by far, the longest standing Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition in the world.

A total of 33 schools (17 girls and 16 boys) competed for the top four spots in the Finals for the coveted champion’s shield.

With months of hard work and strenuous hours put in, sacrifices made, blood, sweat and tears shed, the students never cease to amaze audiences every year with their contemporary and classic concepts of Shakespeare, bringing to life the playwright’s words adding new meaning to them.

The competition is inclusive to students regardless of where they come from or their capacity for speech. It also helps elevate their ability to converse and maintain composure, eliminate nervousness and improve their discipline.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

His works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and a few other verses of which the authorship is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Star performances

After two days of stellar performances, the girls competition of the Inter School Shakespeare Drama Competition concluded with four schools through to the finals.

Holy Family Convent, Bishops College, Devi Balika Vidyalaya, and Musaeus College propelled themselves into the finals with star performances from individuals.

The Award for Best Actress resulted in a tie between Dhehara Waidyasekara of Holy Family Convent for her role as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Dion Setunge as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.

The Award for Best Supporting Actress went to Raaedha Faizel who also won the Best Actress Award at last year’s competition as well.

Best Novice was given to Lobos College for their rendition of Twelfth Night

Best Stage Craft was presented to Devi Balika Vidyalaya for their version of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing