Posted on November 09, 2016

Power was chosen as the theme for Doha College’s 2016 Poetry evening, and the performances did not disappoint. There was power, passion, pageantry and even a satirical poem on Donald Trump the newly elected US president performed.

Over 100 students, aged 11 to 18, mesmerised the guests with 28 poems - including some in Arabic, French, Spanish, German and Russian - during the 90 minute event at the Doha College Al Waab auditorium.

Doha College’s Head of English, Mrs Clare Fairley, said “it certainly lived up to its Power theme, with a broad range of style, drama and humour shown within the poetry choices and the delivery.  To have a choir-like recital of Shakespeare’s ‘All the World’s a Stage’, a rousing rendition of Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and two original poems created by the students themselves, showcased the diversity of creativity and prose we encourage and support at Doha College.” “This annual event is a fantastic platform for our students to perform their favourite poems and readings; each year the students rehearse and study the poetry to be able to not only recite it perfectly on stage, but also to be able to bring the words alive and evoke the poet’s emotions within their delivery,” Mrs Fairley went on to say.

“Overall, the event is aimed at encouraging all students’ passion for, and enjoyment of, literature and poetry.” English Teacher and event organiser, Miss Danielle Haddon, praised the efforts and commitment shown by the students, all of whom had gone through an audition in order to perform last night. All the poems were chosen by the students, who were free to interpret the Power theme. “On the night, their job was to captivate the audience and they certainly achieved that,” Miss Haddon said.

Noteworthy mentions were Year 13 student Ata Chowdry who was performing in her 7th Poetry evening at Doha College and this year chose a French poem La Puissance de la Nature.  The most humorous poem was a satirical one entitled “Trump Le Monde”, a parody of Donald Trump written by Year 10 student Jack Dillon, and performed in public for the first time. When asked about his inspiration, Jack explained, it’s not a political statement really, purely my attempt at humour! Asked where he stood on the USA elections, Jack replied “I’ll take the fifth!” – funny man!

The famous British poet, Shelley once said, “Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.” The audience certainly felt that was true, and feedback from those guests in attendance was very encouraging. Mrs Sharon Coutinho, whose daughter Annika was performing, explained, “I always look forward to Poetry evening. It’s wonderful to hear such a diverse range of poems read with such emotion, the evening is always amazing.” Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal at Doha College, concluded the evening reciting a poem in Russian entitled “Parus” by Michael Lermantov. Russian is one of the 6 languages spoken by Dr Sommer a trained linguist.