Shylock, Othello, and even the witches of Macbeth paraded in front of students
The students of Unity Women's College, Manjeri, were treated to a different kind of stage show on Friday when several characters of Shakespeare paraded in front of them.
An inter-collegiate competition of Shakespearean character presentation organised by the Department of English and the English Association of the college took the students to the Elizabethan age. The competition was titled ‘The Bard's Cast'.
As many as 15 colleges affiliated to Calicut University took part in the competition. The students were mesmerized to watch characters like Shylock, Lady Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Portia, Mark Antony and Othello in flesh and blood.
The weird witches of Macbeth set the tone for the event with the scene of invocation. They rephrased the scene to help the audience understand what was to come. A band of women gave chorus during intervals, presenting Shakespeare trivia.
They also quizzed the audience during intervals, prompting students to come up with interesting answers.
P.K. Babu, head of the Department of English, said that such events would help the students understand Shakespeare and his characters much more effectively. “When you see the characters you have read parade in front of you and deliver the famous dialogues penned by the Bard, it gives you an entirely different kind of learning experience. You will never forget those characters,” Dr. Babu said.
Stefy Meflin of Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode, who portrayed Lady Macbeth, won the first prize. Fairoosa Thasneem of the host college won the second prize. Ms. Thasneem played the witch in Macbeth. P.T. Akhil of Thunchan Memorial Government College, Tirur, who staged Shylock by wailing against the injustice meted against him, bagged the third prize.
Dr. Babu gave away the prizes.