11 February 2022
All 38 Year 10 students studying drama for GCSE took to the auditorium stage on Thursday 10 February to perform extracts from DNA, by Dennis Kelly. The play is the set text for the written component of their GCSE exam and Woldingham’s Drama Department knows that approaching the play practically first is a highly effective way for our students to really understand its performance potential.
The audience of family, friends and staff enthusiastically supported the students as they took to the auditorium stage, class by class, to tell this dark, yet often comic, tale. As Director of Drama Miss Stacey Williams said in her introduction, the performance showed “there are many ways to play characters and scenarios”, with each of the three sections being “a marriage of the students’ and their teacher’s creativity”. This creativity - and superb performances across the board - came together superbly in a thought-provoking piece of entertainment that was far removed from the classroom, but which will doubtless serve our drama students well in their GCSE studies.