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The Old Vic led the GCSE dramatists in a two-hour workshop

After ending last term on a high with a performance of Lord of the Flies, the Drama Department has had a busy start to the new year through their involvement with the Old Vic.

In the first week of term, Year 10 dramatists welcomed professionals from the Old Vic Theatre who led them in a two-hour workshop. During the workshop the pupils explored different ways of presenting theatre, such as with an audience in the round or on either side, as opposed to the traditional end-on setting. This links in with the Old Vic’s current production, A Christmas Carol which has a non-traditional staging.

A week after the two-hour workshop, the Old Vic invited the Year 10 group to the theatre to watch A Christmas Carol. The students enjoyed the performance immensely and spent the following lessons honing their analytical and evaluative skills by discussing the production.

Meanwhile the Drama Society, which is open to all Year groups as an after school club every Wednesday, have welcomed their own professional visitors. In the middle of January, Company 3, a youth theatre company who direct and produce plays with and for young people, led a workshop. In it they explored the differences between adult theatre and youth oriented theatre.

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