Review on Oresteia featuring Wac Arts alumni

While reflecting on the many wonderful successes of our fantastic alumni recently, we came across this review of a performance by some of our ex-students when they were on the brink of entering the professional world of the performing arts.

On 26th March 2013, ex-Senior Wac Arts student Kandace Caine took the starring role in alumnus Che Walker’s production of The Oresteia. Also starring were Senior Wac Arts student Ken Birk, and alumni Aaron Fontaine and Maddy Hill, who now enjoy busy careers as stars of the small screen. Here is the review written by a former Arts Intern.

Raw talent on show as young actors take to the stage in Che Walker’s production of Aeschylus’ ‘Oresteia’

An evening of Greek Tragedy

For ‘The Oresteia’ – the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity – Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody cycle of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos.

This was a sincere and engaging production from a group of talented up-and-coming actors. Set in darkness and using touch as a means of creating atmosphere, each actor delivered their own monologue. Lines would overlap creating a seamless interchange between the characters, really drawing the audience in to the drama. In the role of Clytemnestra was Kandace Caine, who brought a ferocity and boldness to the role, tempered with nuance and clarity. Also taking on the role of Clytemnestra was Elizabeth Alabi who delivered a beautiful performance. Aaron Gorden attacked the role of Agamemnon with a fiery passion. In the roles of the Herald and the Watchman were Jameal Westman and Aaron Fontaine respectively, in courageous and driven performances. Playing the Leader and the Chorus were Ken Birk and Maddy Hill, speaking words of wisdom and sincerity with great conviction and depth.

The performance took place right here at Wac Arts although Kandace, Ken, Jameal and Elizabeth have all performed their monologues at the Globe Theatre. It was a very atmospheric evening and we can’t wait to see what this dynamic group of young actors will produce next!