INTERNATIONAL SECTION - A Trip to Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"
"ROS (flaring): I haven't forgotten – how I used to remember my own name – and yours, oh, yes! There were answers everywhere you looked. There was no question about it – people knew who I was and if they didn't they asked and I told them. (1.314)"
Tom Stoppard's play is a surrealist revisiting of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', staging the endearing, tragicomical ending of the play from the viewpoint of two of its sidekick characters. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's confusion over Hamlet's philosophically charged pronouncements leads them to a crisis of identity over their own lives, deaths and even identities.
Although this play was quite a challenge for our English Literature groups, it is one they rose to in the weeks leading up to the performance. Studying both the plot of Hamlet and Stoppard's 20thC play, 3è students explored the crossover from Renaissance drama to 20thC absurdism, both of which they will revisit in the OIB literature course.
Thanks to Mrs Thomason's forward planning and organisation of this trip, students enjoyed this opportunity while the world-class performance was playing in London. Thanks also to Ms Maguire, Ms McLoughlin, Mrs Choutov and Mr Wrang-Widen for supervising groups on public transport and in the theatre.
Article submitted by Mr Kelly