Category Archives: Drama

Arabian Nights – A Production by AGGS Students

Arabian Nights - A Production by AGGS Students

5th & 6th December, Main hall, 7pm
Main Hall

Adults £7, Child / Concession £3, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £15

Tickets available from Reception (0161 9125912)

LAMDA Examinations

LAMDAThis week, 75 students in years 7 to 9 undertook their LAMDA examinations at school over two days. Depending on the year group, students did grade 3, 4 or 5. They were expected to perform a piece of prose and poetry to the examiner and had to answer theoretical questions about both texts.

Well done to all involved – we shall find out the results in September!

Cyberbullying Dance and Drama Project

CyberbullyingOver the course of the summer term, year 9 students have been working on a cross-curricular dance and drama project on the issue of cyberbullying. Their task has been to devise a performance which includes both disciplines and aims to teach a year 7 audience about cyberbullying – encouraging the audience to consider the problems with misusing social media and the impact that this can have.

The pieces were then performed in front of year 7 and were a real success. Year 9 were incredibly creative in the various ways they chose to share their message on cyberbullying and students imaginatively used music, lighting costumes and props to enhance their performance. Well done year 9 and thank you for being a great audience year 7!

Page to Stage

Page to Stage - Y10 Drama Production
Page to Stage – Y10 Drama Production

On Thursday 6th July, the year 10 GCSE drama students performed pieces from 6 different plays as part of their GCSE course. All of the extracts were taken from plays that had adapted pre- twentieth century novels and gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of creative adaptation as a style and use some of the techniques they had seen expertly used by Kneehigh theatre company on our recent trip to London. Costumed in a range of top hats, tail coats and Victorian skirts, the students provided a very entertaining evening with outstanding performances. The extracts included Great Expectations, Emma, Jane Eyre, The Hounds of the Baskerville, Little Women and Oliver Twist. Excellent marks were achieved by all. Well done year 10!

Drama Exam Performances

Drama Exam Performance
Drama Exam Performance

On Monday Night and the previous Tuesday, A level and GCSE students performed their exam pieces to their friends and family.

Both evenings were followed by very successful examinations with all students achieving outstanding results.

Peter Pan Drama Production

Drama Production - Peter-Pan, December 2016
Drama Production – Peter-Pan, December 2016

On the 7th and 8th  December, 50 girls from years 7 to 9 performed in school production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. The girls’ successfully created the magical world of Neverland through their characterisation of Barrie’s larger-than-life characters. The cast worked carefully to convey the Darling children, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell enchantingly flying through the air to Neverland, using lifts and movement creatively. The girls worked incredibly hard on this production and showed real commitment and this is to be congratulated!

Many thanks to all helped with this production including Mrs Brennan and the caretakers.

Frantic Assembly at AGGS

Frantic Assembly, Drama, 4th October 2016
Frantic Assembly, Drama, 4th October 2016

On Friday 4th November, Frantic Assembly came into school to work with GCSE and A-Level Drama students. The girls worked with an experienced practitioner who explored ways to approach devising drama using physical theatre as a style. Students explored contact work such as lifts and learnt a number of techniques which can be used as a starting point for a performance. Frantic Assembly reinforced the notion of collaborative theatre making in which all performers are part of the theatre making process whether they are in the scene of observing, keenly watching for new ideas and points for development. Based on feedback from the students, the girls got a great deal out of this workshop and are now inspired to use what they have learnt in their own pieces of theatre.

A Huge Thank You from the Drama Department

Drama-GCSE - Emily, Georgia, Megan, Anna in Lillies of the Land
Drama-GCSE – Emily, Georgia, Megan, Anna in Lillies of the Land

This year the PTA have funded the purchase of a new set of lights and a harlequin floor cloth for the drama studio. The extra lights mean that a more sophisticated range of lighting effects can be achieved in the studio and this is enhanced by the harlequin floor which enables the classroom to become a ‘black-box studio’, in which the lights are intensified. So far this has had a huge impact on the students, particularly at KS4 and KS5 as the new equipment has worked to enhance their practical examination performances. At KS3, the girls are now able to experiment with a wider range of lighting states and colours to enrich their work in lessons. A huge thank you to the PTA for their continued support of the Drama department. Below are some images of the GCSE and A-Level work that has been performed this term.