OnSTAGE is the annual showcase of NSW HSC Drama performances. Nominations indicate outstanding achievement in group devised performances and/or individual monologue performances. We received eight nominations for our Drama works in 2019 - four individual nominations and one group nomination.
Pedram Biazar, Andrew Badger, Ethan Vella and Roman Koteczky received an OnSTAGE nomination for their Group Performance, ‘The Happy Happy Fun Time Show.’ This fast moving and very inventive piece revolves around kid’s TV show hosts who argue and pursue solo careers, only to experience disappointment and angst. They reunite at the end. It’s all very funny and the boys have created highly memorable characters, that offer acute insights into our modern fascination with fame as opposed to what really matters in life.
Nickita Hatjinikitas brought the character of Eugene Morris Jerome to life, from Neil Simon’s famous semi-autobiographical play, ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’. Fourteen year-old Eugene is trying make sense of his fracturing family while dealing with the end of puberty and his sudden urgent interest in girls (particularly his cousin, Nora!). Nickita has created a charming and touching coming of age piece.
Roman Koteczky tackled one of the most famous and stirring roles in the Shakespeare canon, ‘Henry V’. Rather than concentrate on the gung-ho ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’ aspect, Roman has concentrated on finding the psychological complexities and self-doubt of the character. In owning his own fears, Henry finds the courage to ask his outnumbered army to face up to a vastly more numerous foe, and defeat them. Roman delivered a compelling shakespearian performance that was based in psychological realism.
Ethan Vella received an OnSTAGE nomination for his moving and compelling portrayal of the central character from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time’. Christopher, a young autistic boy who has recently lost his mother, sets out to solve the murder of Wellington the Dog, using his maths ability and his fascination with details. He discovers far more than he bargained for. Ethan delivered an extraordinarily detailed and nuanced performance, that packed a huge emotional punch.
For his Individual Project, Andrew Badger took on the infamous role of Shakespeare’s, Richard the Third. The villainous Richard, bitter at the world’s response to his physical deformity (he’s normally played as a hunchback), hatches a dastardly plan to wed the wife of the prince he has just killed. Andrew created a highly physicalised, compelling and complex character that was wonderful to watch.