by Kate Ellis, VCE Drama Teacher
On 22 April Preshil’s VCE Drama class went to the Melbourne Theatre Company to see ‘I Call My Brothers’.
The production is presented in a non-naturalistic style which is the focus of all VCE Drama work. Loosely, this means that the performance is not reliant on life-like representations of everyday life; that ideas or stories can be presented conceptually.
The evening was a great success with students finding a happy medium between being fully immersed and making notes for their upcoming assessment on the play. We stayed and talked for a while after the performance and were joined by one of the actors, Ray Chong Nee, a friend of mine, who kindly answered some questions.
Lucky for us Ray also had some time to come into the school before his matinee the following day. The VCE Drama students were treated to a Q & A with the actor who answered questions about the production’s use of non-naturalism and offered some insight into what it’s like to be a professional actor. This was a wonderfully generous gesture, both of his time and expertise, Ray having a full and lengthy list of credits including work with Bell Shakespeare and television on such series as Offspring and Dance Academy.
‘I Call My Brothers’ was regarded as one of the best shows some of our students have seen. It plays at the MTC until 1 May and we would highly recommend you go to see it.