Shaking and Stirring in Queensland’s Shakefest

​​​​Students from St Mary’s College celebrated placing second in the Group Scene section at the recent state finals of the Shakespeare festival ‘Shake Fest’ held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. St Mary’s competed against students from all over Queensland with their adaptation of the play within a play from Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Eight students travelled down early Friday morning to participate in workshops run by staff from acclaimed theatre company ‘Shake and Stir’ who organise the annual festival. The students won the regional competition in September and were very excited to have the opportunity to compete at a state level.

Although there were no prizes awarded as such, students, regardless of their final placings, have an opportunity to work on a Shakespearean production staged in conjunction with Shake and Stir Theatre to be produced early next year. 
The ‘Shake Fest’ competition features nearly 5000 entrants from all over the State competing in categories including Group Scenes, Monologues, Dance, Design and Music. Entrants are to use any Shakespeare text as inspiration for their work and can adapt and update as they want although they must strive to keep the integrity of the original text. 

St Mary’s student Hadyn Imhoff said “It was really great to be able to work with different schools and then have the experience of performing our scene.”