Shortly before half term, Sixth Formers studying Drama & Theatre Studies participated in the annual Theatre Studies Experience Day to launch a new academic year of theatrical adventures. This is always an exciting day for all involved as it provides an opportunity for the students to be challenged by theatre practitioners and by theatre productions that they would not usually choose, at the same time as bonding as a company of A Level Theatre Studies students.
The morning started with an excellent physical theatre workshop hosted by Miguel from Gecko Theatre Company. The three-hour session pushed their performance ability to the physical limits. At the end of the workshop, albeit exhausted, the students jumped on a train to central London, with excitement and anticipation, for an afternoon and evening of highly contrasting professional theatre.
Blood Wedding at the Young Vic was a stylised and atmospheric portrayal of Lorca’s classic. With its use of abstract movement, aerial skills and folk music, Blood Wedding was a treat for the senses. The second production, Mother of Him, at Park Theatre, was based on real events and presented the mother as the central character and her emotional dilemma, when faced with the reality of her son’s crimes. This naturalistic piece took the students on an emotionally provocative journey.
Every aspect of the day was a fantastic success, supporting the students’ A Level studies, challenging them as individuals and exploring the power of theatre and what it can say about the world.
Miss Stacey Williams, Director of Drama