by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11
Aristotle’s Poetics, the latest play to be performed by SMUS’ Student Theatre Society, explores the lives of people who live with pain, whether physical or psychological. At the centre of the narrative is the struggle of Rob Kingsley, a middle-aged poet suffering from severe diabetes, which leaves him in constant pain and affects his ability to write. He begins to teach a literature class at a local high school and soon finds that he is not the only one in pain. Each of the students in his class suffers from their own internal strife and each is forced to explore their methods of coping over the course of their classes with Mr. Kingsley.
Told both through traditional narrative and more abstract means, Aristotle’s Poetics presents a frank and honest portrayal of the effects pain has not only on the sufferers but on those around them. Dark themes are explored unflinchingly without trepidation. Something of a spiritual successor to last year’s Distortion, Poetics delves into flawed personalities and brings up a raw reflection of its characters’ struggles.
Nov. 23-25, 7:00 pm
Nov. 26, 2:00 pm
Tickets are sold at the door 30 minutes before showtime. Admission can be in cash or charged to your SMUS account.