On Monday February 26th we hosted the regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition in which 20 students from schools across the region performed monologues and dualogues from Shakespeare to win a place in the National Finals in London. We had four participants and Caitlin H in year 9 successfully won one of two places and will now be performing her monologue from King Lear again at the final in a West End theatre on 20th March.
Congratulations to her if you see her – she was outstanding!
This week, the school production of Arabian Nights took place. On Tuesday afternoon, 62 students from Stanley Grove Primary in Manchester and Marton Primary Academy in Blackpool came to watch the performance from our Year 11 – 13 students. They were an amazing audience throughout and from their reviews at the end, all really enjoyed themselves! On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, more performances took place and the cast were fantastic, excelling themselves with their comedic and physical theatre skills.
This 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!
Over 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!
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!
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.
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.