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SACEE Johannesburg Branch

 SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION

The 4th annual SACEE Shakespeare Monologue Competition took place on 15-16 May 2019 at the National Children’s Theatre.  On Thursday evening, there were monologue participants from a number of schools, including King Edward VII School, King David Linksfield, Willowmoore High, Poplar Academy, St James, Redhill, British International School and NCT .   Each actor was allowed to perform up to three different speeches to show their versatility.

Speeches from no less than twelve Shakespeare plays were performed, ranging from comedies like As You Like It to tragedies like Hamlet and histories like King Richard III, from well-known favourites like Romeo and Juliet to lesser known plays like The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The adjudicators, Eleanor-Mary Cadell and Lizzie Staughton of the Johannesburg Shakespeare Society, were delighted by the enthusiasm of the performers and impressed by the dramatic impact of many of the speeches.  Special mention was made of Joshua Hibbert and Matthew Rusznyak of NCT, Nikiesha Pather, Austin Sadie and Indigo Swart of Poplar Academy, Tasneem Akoojee and Zainaaz Hansa of WIllowmoore, and Khushi Lakha, Keshav Naidoo and Mishka Perumal of St James.

Five Highly Commended Awards were given.  Joshua Wilensky from King David Linksfield gave a hilarious rendition of Launce (and his dog) in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as a dramatic speech from the First Player in Hamlet, and Polonius’s advice to Laertes from the same play.  Matthew Greenfield of KES presented a wonderfully comic portrayal of Bottom as Pyramus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Yael Duchen of KDL was poignant as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, commanding as Portia in The Merchant of Venice, and indignant as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Callum Beukes of KES eerily played all three Witches in Macbeth.  Samuel Hertz of Redhill presented a persuasive Cassius in Julius Caesar, an outraged Malvolio in Twelfth Night and a playful Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Winners were Rachelle Weiss from the British International Distance College with an accomplished and convincing portrayal of Viola in Twelfth Night, and Sinhako Ncala of KES with his powerful performance as King Lear.

Thank you to the National Children’s Theatre and the South African Council for English Education for promoting Shakespeare!


SHAKESPEARE CHALLENGE

2018 saw the second annual Shakespeare Challenge, a team-based quiz based on six of Shakespeare’s best known plays (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night) and some historical background.  The final was held at the National Children’s Theatre on 11 October 2018.

The final was between The Merchants of Menace from King David Linksfield (Joshua Wilensky, Max Mendelow and Caleb Sack) and The Milkshakespeareans from the National Children’s Theatre (Sam Hertz, Matthew, Ricky de Abreu and Reynard Vos).

Questions ranged from “Who is the King of Denmark at the beginning of Hamlet? (Claudius) to “Name Henry VIII’s third wife and their child” (Jane Seymour and Edward) to “Identify the play and speaker in ‘I wish you joy of the worm’” (Clown in Antony and Cleopatra) to “Complete the line, ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some …’ (“have greatness thrust upon them!”).

By the end of the evening, the winners were The Merchants of Menace.

We look forward to the third Shakespeare Challenge in 2019.  Start reading your Shakespeare!

If you are interested in participating in the Shakespeare Challenge, Please contact Dr Rohan Quince at rquince@global.co.za.


CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

for  Secondary Schools – 2019

SACEE – Johannesburg branch, is pleased to announce that this writing competition will take place again next year. We would like to encourage all schools in the Johannesburg and surrounding areas registered with the branch to support the competition. One of SACEE’s main aims is to develop the good use of English in both spoken and written forms. To this end we urge you to encourage your teachers to motivate as many learners as possible, from Grades 7 – 9 (Junior) and 10 – 12 (Senior), to enter the competition.

DETAILS OF THIS COMPETITION FOR THE 2019 YEAR WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS THEY ARE MADE AVAILABLE.

Report of the 2018 Creative Writing Competition

In 2018 the Creative Writing Competition attracted more than 300 entries.  The prize-giving was held at King David Victory Park.  In addition to senior and junior poetry, this year the prose section was divided into “Essay” and “Short Story” as well as 100-word-fiction.  Jane Fox, the adjudicator, was impressed by the high standard of entries.


DEBATING

The SACEE Debating League continues to be the biggest and strongest league in Gauteng.  

Gauteng Debating is run on three levels:

  1. SACEE Regional rounds: divided into, North, West, East and Central regions.
  2. SACEE Championships: centralised, with invites based on regional rounds.
  3. Gauteng Provincial Championships: invites based on SACEE Championships, to be held in September.

For more information about the SACEE/Gauteng Schools debating please click here.

For the School’s entry form to participtate kindly click here.


SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION – 2018

The third annual SACEE Shakespeare Monologue Competition took place on 16-17 May 2018 at the National Children’s Theatre.  There were entrants from six schools, including King David Linksfield Primary and High Schools, Willowmoore High, Ameerak Montessori, Poplar Academy and the African School of Excellence.  Each actor was allowed to perform up to three different speeches to show their versatility.

Speeches from no less than eleven Shakespeare plays were performed, ranging from comedies like As You Like It to tragedies like Othello, from histories like King John to romances like Cymeline, from well-known favourites like Romeo and Juliet to lesser known plays like Titus Andronicus and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The adjudicators were delighted by the enthusiasm of the performers and impressed by the dramatic impact of many of the speeches.  Joshua Wilensky from King David Linksfield High received a Merit Award and was commended for the clarity of his performance of Sonnet 18 and the Epilogue from As You Like It and for the anguish he portrayed in Macbeth’s “Tomorrow and tomorrow” meditation.  A Merit Award was also awarded to Austin Sadie from Poplar Academy for his dramatic rendering of Lady Macbeth’s “Unsex me” speech, then Macbeth’s incredulous “Is this a dagger?” soliloquy and the manipulative King Claudius plotting with Leartes the murder of Hamlet.

A photo of the participants in the Shakespeare monologues from Willowmoore High

Runners-up included Jeremiah Rajgopaul from Willowmoore High, who convinced us, as Malcolm in Macbeth, that he really has no redeeming qualities, and as Cassius in Julius Caesar, arguing for the assassination of Mark Antony, and Nikhita Herman from Poplar Academy, who was persuasive in Mark Antony’s funeral oration, imperious as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, threatening to disown his daughter, and wonderfully mad and touching in Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene.

The Winners were Janique Maduray and Zainaaz Hansa from Willowmoore High, Arthur Muwurami from the African School of Excellence and Samuel Hertz from King David Linksfield Primary School.  Janique was a passionate and evil Tamora in Titus Andronicus and a hapless Julia in The Two Gentleman of Verona.  Zainaaz played the foolish love-struck Helena in A midsummer Night’s Dream and a brooding Macbeth in his “If it were done” soliloquy.  Arthur was an utterly convincing drunken Porter in Macbeth, haranguing the audience as he fixed us with his piercing gaze.  Sam played a rather nasty Demetrius and then a hilariously grieving Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as an innocent and plaintive Prince Arthur in King John.

Dr Rohan Quince with the two winners from Willowmoore – Janique Maduray and Zainaaz Hansa.

The monologues were followed by the witches’ scene from Macbeth performed by students of King David Linksfield.  Then Rosalind confronted Phebe and Silvius in As You Like It performed by Willowmoore High.  The National Children’s Theatre Shakespeare Club performed the meeting of Octavius, Mark Antony and Lepidus in Antony and Cleopatra and then Bottom demanding to play all the Pyramus and Thisbe roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The evening closed with King Edward VII School Old Boys portraying the four foresworn-in-love nobles in  Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Thank you to the South African Council for English Education and the National Children’s Theatre for promoting Shakespeare!