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Gatsby unleashed for Year 12 English

The Great Gatsby 1

This term, Year 12 students are studying texts such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, J.R.R Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring and Ian Fleming's Casino Royale with a view to why and how texts are adapted to film. The purpose of this unit is for students to consider how literary texts written in the past can connect with people who live in contemporary times. Currently students are working on their character monologue oral task. Within this context, we were very happy to host a performance of The Australian Playhouse's The Great Gatsby.

The use of music, audience participation and intertextual references to Leonardo DiCaprio films ensured that students were able to appreciate the brilliance of Scott's masterpiece.

With the character monologue oral due in Week 5, all students would have benefitted from seeing the modelling of live performance. Students walked away from this performance with: a better understanding of creation of time and place; use of voice, facial expressions, gesture, and movement; and use of simple props and costumes.

Peter Hoens
Head of English & Drama Department