Bard’s work in focus


‘To be, or not to be’ say Ezrin Roslan (left), Max Leister- Williams, Romy Tuckwell and Maila Chan-Foon. Picture: Craig Wilson

STUDENTS from Matraville Sports High School explored the tales of the Bard and the works of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers through modern eyes at the Sydney Writers Festival.

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences sponsored the Year 11 and 12 Advanced English class to attend the second annual Student Sessions at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre last week.

The students listened to British author Natalie Haynes’ humorous take on the stories and ideas from philosophers including Plato, Ovid and Agrippina the Younger, as told in her book The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

Students were asked to come with their own questions for the lively session ‘Shakespeare in his world and ours’.

Bard expert James Shapiro and Bell Shakespeare associate director James Evans explored why the playwright still had so much to offer the current generation of students falling in love with his work today.

Now in its second year, the event is a combined project by the Sydney Writers Festival and the NSW Education Standards Authority, featuring engaging minds speaking on topics linked to the NSW school curriculum.