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Student Reviews
Student reviews


Young critics seeking a wider audience for their personal observations are invited to put fingers to keyboard this Feb/March for the Perth Festival Schools Review Competition.

Attend a Festival show and then let us know what you think and why. Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think about something? Did it pull at heart strings you didn’t even know were there? Or was it a complete and utter flop?

After attending any one of the shows in this years Festival, write a review of no more than 400 words, based on your experience. Give us your opinion, tell us about the show from your perspective and include an analysis of the performance – why is it you think or feel the way you do about the show? What did the cast, crew and directors do to make you respond in the way you did? You can use your understanding of dramatic techniques, conventions, technologies and elements as your guide. Above all, treat your reader with respect – entertain them, offer them new and novel ideas and write fluently.


A panel of Perth Festival judges will select the best review and the winning critic will receive $500 voucher for the 2013 Perth Festival*. (* Events subject to the full 2013 program launch)


To enter, get your teacher to email your review with your name, year level and school to [email protected]. Your review will be posted on our website.


Perth Writers FestivalPerth Writers Festival by Evelyn Snook (Year 10, Perth Modern School)
At the end of the writers festival I, along with all my classmates felt truly privileged to have had such a wonderful insight into the lives of four gifted literary geniuses and walked away full of inspiration, ideas and some handy tips for my creations in the future. READ MORE

Super Night ShotSuper Night Shot by Kari Potier (Year 12, Methodist Ladies' College)
Super Night Shot is a performance which could be enjoyed by late teens, drama students and teachers, avid theatre goers, or anyone who enjoys a different style of theatre. READ MORE 

RaoulRaoul by Xavier Sweeney (Year 12, Scotch College)
Raoul was a truly unique experience that left every audience member thinking, and, to some degree, confused. More than a fine display of absurdist theatre, more than a fine display of theatre itself, Raoul became a fine display of human achievement. READ MORE 

Driving Into WallsDriving into Walls by Lawri Cox (Methodist Ladies' College)
Tales of the audience walking out mid-show, ranting reports of inappropriate language and themes gave Driving Into Walls an interesting debut as part of the Perth Festival 2012. However, it's all this controversy that draws an intruiged audience into their seats to be presented with a thought stimulating reflection of the ideas and feelings of Australia's youth. READ MORE 

Beautiful BurnoutBeautiful Burnout by Charlie Pemberton (Scotch College)
Overall I believed that Beautiful Burnout was a marvellous piece of theatre, which manipulated production design elements, technical elements and staging extremely well to produce a very revealing and emotional play. READ MORE 

Driving into WallsDriving into Walls by Alice Bartley (Methodist Ladies' College)
The young and talented cast of 5 magnificently incorporate physical movement with natural dialogue and characterisation to create characters that are easy for the adolescent audience members to connect with. The actor's ability to use their bodies to create meaning of the issues is phenomenal and intriguing. READ MORE

RaoulRaoul by Lucas McKee (Scotch College)
Overall I find the experience a fantastic representation why theatre can entertain you on any different levels. James Thiérrée is a master at acting in the absurd slapstick way and an equally good directing allowing this show to flow almost seamlessly through the hour and forty minutes. READ MORE 


The White Divers of BroomeThe White Divers of Broome by Sarah Roberts (Corpus Christi College)
With the play ending it kind of puts into point should the white Australian policy really work or does it fail fantastically? And does it still happen today? What Truth does this reveal about Australian society today? And what exactly does this mean if we as a nation are to move forward are we to accept our past? Is this still happening today? READ MORE 

Super Night ShotSuper Night Shot by Sally Thomson (Methodist Ladies' College)
All up the experience was enthralling and engaging, with an imaginative concept and people of Perth proving to be unpredictable extras in the film, a strong piece in the Perth International Arts Festival for 2012 and proving that the “war on anonymity…” was valid as “…without that there can be no incredible”. READ MORE 

The Red TreeThe Red Tree by Chloe Pinker (Albany Senior High School)
The plot and meaning of The Red Tree is left, largely, for the audience to interpret. It is almost completely silent apart from some music used to create an atmosphere for the audience to become immersed in. The basis of the play is that a nameless young girl (Ella Hetherington) wanders through different situations, each of which is symbolic to an emotion. Through her actions and use of space, dramatic tension is created and the audience is left wondering just what will happen next. READ MORE

RaoulRaoul by Savannah Victor (Albany Senior High School)
This show seemed to keep the entire audience captivated because of its unique concept. This captivation could easily be seen as the audience laughed frequently at the comedy and clapped for nearly ten minutes during curtain call. The dramatic tension in this show was generated by the fact that you did not know what would happen next. Altogether this was an extremely interesting and thought-provoking play, that was easy for me to fall in love with. READ MORE

Driving Into WallsDriving Into Walls by Sarah Stopforth (Methodist Ladies' College)
I would definitely recommend this play to anyone aged thirteen to nineteen years old. Adolescents are the only ones who can really specifically relate to the characters, but it could also be a good thing for some parents to see. However it should only be for those adults who enter with an open mind, and are legitimately curious, or even concerned, about the issues that teenagers are faced with today. READ MORE

RaoulRaoul by Alistair MacKenzie (Year 10, Hale School)
was a brilliant piece of absurdist and physical theatre performed by James Thierree, Charlie Chaplin’s grandson. I went to see it at the Regal Theatre on the 26th of February and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it was because there was so much to relate to in everyday life. He is Everyman, we see ourselves in him. We also strain with objects, have problems getting dressed, finding a comfortable position to sleep, sit, read…….he is humanity. READ MORE

DanceDance by Odette MacKenzie (Year 12, St Mary's Anglican Girls' School)
To a knowledgeable dance audience, the name “Lucinda Childs” invokes a strong, elegantly severe presence, along with the choreographic concept of “minimalism”. She embodied a simplicity of movement that was unflourished, presenting a purer interpretation of dance that limited extravagance in design elements. Childs’ work “Dance” is a revival of the 1979 performance that 32 years ago stirred up controversy in the dance world. People questioned “is this dance?” or “is this merely a simplistic form of movement that requires minimal technique and skill?” READ MORE

The Winter's TaleThe Winter's Tale by Odette MacKenzie (Year 12, St Mary's Anglican Girls' School)
Placing the action in a contemporary sphere eliminated the necessity of multifarious costumes and assisted in swift set transitions from tableaux to tableaux. Ultimately the performance is how Shakespeare should be done. It is fast, sinuous and startling; it is not a group of boys in drag. The performance is pulsating with muscular life, physically demanding and accessible to a 2012 audience. READ MORE

RaoulRaoul by Conor MacKenzie (Year 10, Hale School)
Raoul is a performance by James Thierree, the French born grandson of Charlie Chaplin.  What is the performance about?  There is no text as we know it, no written play but a series of sounds and the most extraordinary stage movement I’ve ever seen.  It is hard to define and perhaps what is more important is the physical presence rather than a search for meaning. READ MORE