A group of misfits and quirky outsiders, the cultural studies class is content to simply waste time (it’s better than taking yet another sport lesson, right?), until the principal informs them that they will be required to justify their existence by the presentation of a dramatic performance at the school open night. The class decides that Shakespeare’s Richard III would be their best option, maybe performed as a musical. What could go wrong with that?
This funny and entertaining novel is a great light-hearted read for teens. Velvet is the classic fish-out-of-water, longing for her comfortable, affluent past and resistant to seeing anything positive in her new circumstances.
Stagefright is a quick and easy story to read, driven mostly by dialogue between the motley collection of students that make up the cultural studies class. There is a generous helping of humour, some interestingly offbeat personalities and a touch of romance.
Reworked from a manuscript originally published in 1996, Stagefright is an enjoyable story that has some fun with the high school setting and the many challenges of pulling together a school stage performance. I’ll never think of Richard III the same way again.
Author: Carole Wilkinson
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $18.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 March 2013
For ages: 13+
Type: Young adult fiction