A key part of the IB Theatre course is for students to experience live theatre. By immersing themselves in professional productions they are challenged to deconstruct what they see through the eyes of theatre makers, rather than just audience members or critics. By doing so they are able to cement the skills they develop on the course and like all great artists learn the skill of “borrowing” ideas and techniques for their own theatrical pieces.

Our first trip was a joint outing to Ciudad Cultural Konex with the IB Higher Level English Language and Literature class who had recently studied Macbeth to see an adaptation called “El Asesino del Sueño”.  The interchange between language and drama students was fascinating as they approached the reading of the performance from different perspectives.  Our second trip was to Centro Cultural de la Cooperacion to see an adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Señorita Julia”. This time the IB Theatre students took on a very visceral, intense and provocative interpretation of the great naturalistic work.

The second half of the year will see the students continue to explore the rich offerings of the Buenos Aires “off” theatre scene to stimulate their creativity. Here are a collection of their initial responses:

“What we saw was very different to what we interpreted in class, and also to what I imagined as I was reading the play. Personally, this helped me to understand the play better as I was able to see lots of things that do not appear in the written play, moreover, I could see rhetorical and writing techniques in action, which I found very interesting.” Tomás Linkowski

“I, personally, really enjoyed going to see Macbeth at the theatre. It gave me a whole different look at the play. Faces and voices I used to imagine came to life. The fact that almost the whole class attended and we were able to experience this together was really special” Amber Taylor

“What surprised me most was that I really did not understand the story but I was caught up in it. Something that made me enter the atmosphere was that the actors continued their role everywhere they went, even though if they were off stage, if they were in the room they were still acting.” Belen Dasso

“Something that I really liked about the play were the costumes of the witches. It was contradictory that the witches should be scary, dark, mean and black and instead they were wearing pink ballet tutus, and with dark make-up and using a lot of strange face expressions they really looked like witches. It is very interesting how the director played with the costumes, and how it caught my attention because it makes the strange familiar (like Brecht).” Serena Salzmann

“We usually analyze a play by its story, but we rarely take notice upon the contrast between the performance elements and the production elements. In this case, the music complemented the voice in moments of tension, for instance when Macbeth started hallucinating the man he killed (one of my favorite scenes), Macbeth’s voice heightened and the music intensified with it. There was also one particular skinny witch who opened her eyes so widely it scared the hell out of me. Once she focused on me with her piercing look, and I could almost feel as Macbeth. Their dresses were messy, full of blood, which helped to create a very spooky atmosphere. Their body language was complemented by the noise of their shoes. Even though they were not in the scene, you knew they were coming. Their body language and movement as they were watching the story from the walls, also created a sense of omnipresence from the witches” Miranda Cortizo

“The lighting changed a lot depending on the moment, for example when Macbeth was at the table and had a “vision of the ghost”, the change in lighting and Macbeth’s voice and facial expressions made the audience engage and pay more attention to what was going on. I liked that the play had Brechtian aspects such as when one of the characters lowered the “dead bodies” and you could see him whilst doing this”. Sophia Oxenford

Oliver Proctor

Head of Creativity and Performance