Students of Karachi Grammar School are not unfamiliar with The Merchant of Venice as this Shakespearean play is an integral part of the Class VII Literature curriculum. However, what set this production apart was its dynamic modern adaptation. The play, while retaining the dignity of Shakespeare’s work, had a unique modern twist by incorporating songs and dances, creating new characters and re-interpreting already existing ones.
The cast and crew were given space to falter as they grappled with their roles, owned their responsibilities and understood what staging a play entailed. This grueling process ensured that, when the play was received with enthusiastic approval from all three audiences, the students involved felt a deep sense of accomplishment and pride.
What emerged after these six months was a team that felt more like family – adolescents who had matured through the process of learning life-skills in prioritising tasks, making decisions, managing crisis, building teams, resolving conflicts and, above all, those who realised the value of hard work, perseverance and commitment.