On Tuesday night, our Drama students staged two, back-to-back productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With an inventive and dynamic script adapted by our uber-talented Drama teacher, Sarah Holden-Boyd, the actors impressed all with their performance of one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most absorbing tragedies. We invite you to enjoy a compilation of clips from Tuesday’s performance:
So, the program here at Peterhouse is drawing to a close. That means it’s time to showcase all the work that the students have been doing over the past month. This evening’s exhibitions have done just that, and all the work looks amazing! From photography to business presentations, architecture models to extracting strawberry DNA, every class has produced a final project for everyone to see.
Global Business presented their group business ideas and everyone in the program was given one ‘dollar’ to invest in the one they thought was best. Investment opportunities ranged from a travel app to a soda-freeze mechanism to a microchip to stick to your shirt in order to monitor sports progress. Presentations were slick and polished, with all the students looking very professional. They’ll make formidable business people one day!
The Architecture class had laid out all their models and concept boards for a new market-place in Cambridge town centre. The designs were innovative, elegant and well-thought-out. The students also gave brief presentations to passers-by, and they gave convincing and eloquent explanations of their ideas.
Medical Science students gave presentations on how different plants can be used in science. The plants included common plants, such as foxglove, to those we are more wary of, such as Deadly Nightshade. Students were engaged with the issues at hand, and gave animated and interesting presentations.
The students in the Photojournalism minor class each produced a portfolio of their photos taken throughout the program. Photos covered a wide variety of subjects from the surroundings of Cambridge to the general public and were taken in a variety of styles. All the portfolios looked very professional – all the students should be very proud of what they’ve produced!
Zoology gave a presentation in the theatre demonstrating how to extract DNA from a strawberry. This impressive display was engaging and well received by the crowds. They then returned to their stand where they gave passionate and interesting presentations about the work they have been doing recently.
Molecular Biology, Math and Nature, and Science and the Future had produced posters for the exhibition, which they presented to interested attendees.
The Entrepreneurialism class pitched their ideas for small business start-ups and tried to win investments from interested students and staff.
Meanwhile, Criminology students conducted a mock trial, while the Terrorism and Global Politics class thrilled audiences with their staging of a hostage situation!
Tonight, film students had the opportunity to show their completed shorts for the first time. With intriguing titles, such as The Letter and A Walk in the Park, the appreciative audiences were treated to Q & A sessions with the films’ talented directors/writers/editors.
Meanwhile, the Drama class impressed with their energetic and committed performances in Cam Prep’s production of Macbeth. This passionate and powerful tragedy provided ample opportunity for students to develop their acting skills and all rose to the challenge admirably. Stay tuned for clips from this exciting performance.
featuring heavily in the Scottish play – Glamis Castle was not in existence during Macbeth’s life. So, they treated this field trip as a change to discover the inspirational aspects of the Castle, and focused on the story and the ambiance of a palace that intrigued Shakespeare enough to include it in his drama. They learned of the previous Earl’s form fitting pink body suit, the Queen Mother’s private quarters, and the sad story of Lady Janet Douglas, who may have been Shakespeare’s inspiration for the character Lady MacDuff. They saw one of the world’s most rare and valuable paintings, and it’s of Jesus wearing a hat. They visited the cold stone guards’ chamber and recognised it as the setting of Duncan’s murder in the Shakespearean play. They even got a fleeting glimpse of the Dowager Countess of Strathmore on her golf cart whizzing across the lawn. This trip helped set the scene for a month of close investigation into the Scottish play.
In the Terrorism and Security minor on Monday, two guest speakers shared their knowledge and experience. Andrew Ferguson, a former St Andrews M.Litt student in Terrorism Studies, primarily focused upon the role of social media within terrorist organisations. He now works on infrastructure protection projects and is based in Washington. Upile Mtitimila, a graduating St Andrews IR student who based his dissertation on the relationship between the media and terrorism spoke about racism and Islamophobia. The students then presented about language in the media describing terrorist attacks.
And in the Macbeth major, Oxbridge student Katrina Claflin presented on the theme of power in the play.