“Mi Personalidad” – Y8-10 Students Help Fernando Find His True Identity in Spanish Language Play
On Friday our Year 8-10 Spanish students were treated to a performance of “Mi personalidad” by Onatti Productions, specialists in producing interactive Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) plays. The play was performed by native-speaking actors. Before the performance, students were shown a vocabulary list and part of the script during lessons to help them follow the story and recognise words and phrases.
The play, performed entirely in Spanish, was all about a teenager called Fernando who was looking for his new identity as he started college and his worries about not being able to make friends. Fernando tries to reinvent himself by trying out different personalities including being a sportsman, an activist, a fashion icon and a Goth with help from the audience and mysterious visitors who climb through his window.
There was laughter and audience participation throughout as we empathised with poor Fernando, helping him with his gym timetable, advising on his fashion choices and pondering the differences between being a Goth and an Emo. But it’s all in vain so in the end he gives up and realises he should just be true to himself and by doing that, he makes his first friend at college.
The play was a great opportunity for our linguists to boost their confidence in understanding Spanish as well as enriching their appreciation of the language beyond the classroom. We look forward to welcoming Onatti back to NHEHS for German and French plays in the coming academic year!