Over 200 people attended the successful evening presented by the Head Boy, Azan Ahmed and Head Girl, Nora Al Naemi. Al Naemi said:
This was a truly wonderful and successful evening. I applaud each and every student that participated. I was amazed at the different interpretations of journey and how each student delivered their chosen poems capturing the essence of the words and making us all share in their journey.’
Doha College students aged 11 to 18 participated in the event and rose to the challenge of memorising and reciting a poem that linked to the theme of ‘Journeys’. Over 75 students took part, each performing a selection of poetry for the audience. Students performed a plethora of classic poems from renowned authors, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost and Walter de la Mare. Students were able to interpret the theme in any way they saw fit, seeing ‘Journeys’ as physical, psychological or spiritual.
Sammi Issa, Head of English, said:
Poetry Evening is a fantastic creative platform for our students to perform beautiful poetry and express their passion for literature. This year, the audience were taken on a magical ‘journey’ through the heart and soul of humanity. The students’ dazzling performances really took my breath away!
This year, for the first time ever, a poem was read in German by three sixth form students, Robert Flynn, Vladan Colovic and Mason Broane, who are all studying A Level German. The poem ‘Der Erlkönig’ tells the story of a father and sons journey home which is disturbed by strange supernatural events. Flynn said:
It’s a very sad and deep poem of fears that children feel and parents do not’
The poem must be far worse for parents to hear as they suffer the loss of their child.’
Another special reading was performed by Daniel Perez Selskey, a member of the Doha College Board of Governors. He recited a topical poem by Lemn Sissay entitled ‘Let There be Peace’ which calls for calm amid turbulence. Selskey said:
I chose this poem as it captures the issues we are all facing presently and it pleas ‘Let there be peace. Let harsh memories burst into fireworks that melt in the dark pupils of a child’s eyes.’ The image it captures is very emotive.
Participants were selected at an earlier date by their English teachers, who worked with students to prepare them for their performances. Participants in the live event were asked to set the scene for the poem, informing the audience of the narrative and why they chose it. A visual stimulus also accompanied their poem which was projected behind the reader on stage.