30 Jul 2012
Flannofest is a Western Sydney Region Drama Festival hosted by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith. Open to Drama students in Yrs 9-11, each school is allocated a particular theatrical style and a director to work with. The Festival provides students with an opportunity to work in a professional theatre space as well as with artists working in the field. It gives them a real world experience of producing theatre and looking at it from a range of perspectives including that of actor, director and designer.
This year, Yr 10 Drama chose the very difficult style of Theatre of the Absurd and worked with Aimee Falzon from Ashfield Youth Theatre. With the support of Ms Olmos their Drama Teacher, Yr 10 Drama produced "Waiting for Cake."
"Waiting for Cake" follows in the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd playwrights Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. It contains non-sensical, absurd dialogue, a timeless often fantastical setting, moments of discomfort and a pointless plotline. In "Waiting for Cake" zombie like ladies host tea at the bottom of their local swimming pool in the hope that cake will be brought soon for them to enjoy.
An image gallery of Flannofest 2012 can be found here on the schools website.