OIB Trip to London

OIB Trip to London

By Leslie Albiston

This year’s Terminale students have just returned from their trip to London having spent five days packed with activities related to their OIB studies. On the evening of their arrival, they saw “As You Like It” at the National Theatre, a play which includes the famous “seven ages of man” speech. During their visit to the Tate Gallery, some of our students decided to take a moment to re-enact the speech as a tableau. Have a look at the two photos and see if you can guess which age of man (and woman) each student is representing. To help you here’s Jaques’ speech.

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

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