Drama and Performance Studies
AS and A2 March Performances
On March 14th and 15th, Year 12 and 13 Drama students performed some exam pieces, showcasing their talents.
Year 12 Performance Exam - Unit 1
The Year 12 students started, performing their 'Shorts', a variety of monologues and duologues from a wide range of plays. There were comic scenes alongside harrowing psychological breakdowns with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure. Everyone performed really well. They can be seen on stage again in May for their Unit 2 exam when they perform in one of two extended group pieces.
Year 13 Student Devised Performance Pieces
The Year 13 students, a lively and talented group, then brought us two contrasting pieces.
The first, an adaptation of Moliere’s classic play ‘The Imaginary Invalid’, allowed the students to demonstrate their flair for comedy, especially of the slap-stick variety. This was highly entertaining, not least for the anticipation of what costume Tom would be wearing next or where the next character would come from. Several inventive entrances were made through the set, including one popping up out of the giant bed!
The second piece was a much more serious piece about the struggles of a family to live with a severely disturbed daughter, and her problems of conforming within ‘normal’ life. This was staged on a range of levels with a very effective use of lighting and symbolic colours. The underwater scene and the fire were particularly effective. The acting was engaging and emotional with characters differentiated by signature props and physical motifs.
It was a splendid way for this group to finish and we wish them every luck with any future acting challenges that they may undertake!