It has been a very busy term in Drama and we have experienced some fantastic theatre as well achieving some outstanding results in the practical exams.
A View from the Bridge
Year 13 were fortunate enough to go and see a very moving performance of their A2 set text, A View from the Bridge, at Bolton Octagon on 10th February. The production gave the girls a real insight into the play as a 3D product and was followed on Tuesday 24th February by an inspirational workshop with Joe Mellor, assistant director on the production. The girls were given a director’s approach into revealing the themes and feelings within the play and practical guidance on directing the actors. The girls feel confident and motivated in approaching the written examination as a result.
On Saturday 14th March, we travelled down to London with year 12 to see a performance of their set text, Antigone, at the Barbican Theatre. This very interesting new adaptation, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivan Van Hoe, gave the girls lots to think about and deepened their understanding of the play. It was also really fun, if not a little tiring, getting to London and back in a day and we arrived home with some sleepy, but inspired year 12s on the Saturday evening.
The year 11 girls wowed us and the AQA moderator with their superb performances on Wednesday 18th March. They also thrilled their parents with a showcase of their work on the Monday before. There was a range of work performed; a very moving extract from ‘Be My Baby’, which tells the story of a group of unmarried girls in a home for young mothers in the 1960s. This was followed by an hilarious and energetic performance of the opening of the farcical ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’, a pastiche of 1920s private school girl stories. One group had devised their own work about the death of a prize parrot in a circus; a physical theatre piece that explored jealousy and stardom. And a wonderful extract from ‘The Wardrobe’, a charming play that tells of a wardrobe passed on over time through a series of scenes that show the life of the people at each time. This was performed by just two of the girls, who demonstrated their amazing abilities with accents.
The year 12s also amazed their audiences with their fantastic performances of a range of extracts in the style of notable practitioners. A wonderful performance of ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuel, performed in the style of Shared Experience, moved the audience through its thoughtful revelation of secret lives and hidden feelings. ‘Rat’s Tales’, performed in the style of Kneehigh, was creative and very funny in its dramatic storytelling style and the physical ‘Hansel and Gretel’ taken from Tim Supple’s ‘Grimm Tales’, was a truly thrilling piece of theatre to watch.
The exam period finished with an outstanding piece of physical theatre entitled’ Tickets Please’, which had been totally created by the year 13 group. The performance told the story of a day in the life of a train station and was a showcase of Britain today told through the people who frequent the station. The girls had worked so hard, giving up every lunchtime and after school and were rewarded with the best possible marks that credited their imagination, precision and creativity. Both their parents and the AQA moderator were very impressed and we were incredibly proud of them.
It has been a hectic but very creative and fun term for us in Drama. We are delighted with the girls for all of their excellent work.