Through significant research, rehearsal, planning and dedication to mastering Russian accents, VCE Theatre Studies worked together to present a hilarious and ultimately challenging piece about the nature of corruption.
On Tuesday 28 March 28 and Wednesday 29 March, the VCE Theatre Studies class presented their Unit 3 production, The Government Inspector.
‘Set in a small rural town in Russia under the USSR, The Government Inspector intends to shed light on the corruption amongst the high-ranking officials that live there. The mayor receives a letter that sends these officials into a panic – a government inspector has been sent from Saint Petersburg to assess the state of the town. With much to hide, the officials – the trustee of charitable institutions, the school superintendent, the postmaster and two wealthy landowners – rush to cover up their own corruption. Even when they finally meet the dreaded inspector, they are unable to abstain from their unscrupulous behaviour, although, neither, it appears, does the inspector. A farcical tale of deceit and underhand deals, The Government Inspector will both make you laugh and consider the nature of people – particularly those in power.’ – Charlotte, Theatre Studies student.
The Theatre Studies production is a significant event in the VCE course as the students are responsible for designing, directing and performing in the production. The 2023 class took on these roles admirably, creating a visually detailed set, designed by Charlotte and contextually appropriate costumes by Alex and Sienna and make-up design by Eli. Demi (lighting design) and Yasmin (sound design) oversaw the technical elements of the production with the operation handled professionally once again by Emma and Chloe.
Producing theatre of this calibre is certainly not easy but through teamwork, dedication and many laughs our Theatre Studies students created a memorable performance that was extremely well received by their audience.
Bronwyn Bye, Drama Learning Leader
‘I love to see students bring their passions, their culture and their aspirations into drama. Whether it be incorporating a passage of poetry from their favourite book or adding dialogue in their mother tongue, I want my students to embrace their uniqueness and bring that into their work.’