Theatrical production is a collaborative, creative form of fine art. It is simultaneously individuality and collectivity working in unison. Theatrical art demands the collaboration of the actors with one another, with a director, with the various technical support people upon whom they depend for scenery and lighting, and with people who advertise and sell the show. In addition, the theatre depends more than most art forms upon audience response.
Our Year 11 production of The Peach Season, by the contemporary Australian playwright Debra Oswald, was a fine example of the team effort that is at the heart of theatre. The cast and crew worked tirelessly to bring the words on the page to life. They created a memorable cautionary tale, leading the audience through a range of authentic human emotions to arrive at a place of redemption for their characters.
The cast and crew experienced the electricity that is live performance. It is the presence of the audience that creates the final ingredient to make the performance live. Everything that has been learnt must be brought into the now – into ‘the moment’ for the audience.
I am very grateful to the many people who contributed their time and energy to the show and particularly to our audiences who braved the challenging weather to come and complete the circle.