Drama (continued)

The devising process asked our pupils to fully demonstrate all of the school values as they faced up to tackling a tough subject matter with maturity in order to present to their audience how their lives could potentially be affected by what the group were presenting them with. The final performance drew a great number of positive responses from the invited audience with the group utilising all of their creativity, skills and understanding to engage their audience throughout the performance. We could not be more proud with the work created by our pupils!


On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May our Year 11 pupils completed their final GCSE Drama assessment in front of a visiting examiner. Over the two evenings there were a total of 7 performances which saw our performance and performance support students present a range of 20th and 21st century texts. The plays performed by our pupils were:

spend an entire day working as a professional theatre company at The Theatre Royal in Bath. The day required our pupils to undertake a technical rehearsal under professional restraints, a workshop led by a leading practitioner and a performance in the evening to the public. Unbeknownst to our pupils until just before they took to the stage, the evening performance was attended by the playwright of #YOLO, Matthew Bulgo (winner of Welsh Playwright of the Year in 2015 & 2017). This added pressure on our Young Company was not evident and all of those involved produced an absolutely stunning performance which gained rave reviews from Matthew Bulgo and other members of the audience.

It has been a real pleasure to see our Young Company develop as a troupe of performers and designers since the start of the project with the end product being one of the finest pieces of theatre to have been created by pupils of our school. We can’t wait to work on the next Young Company project in the new school year!


It has been a really great year working with our Year 12 pupils as they have been acquainting themselves with the rigorous demands of A Level Drama and Theatre. One third of the course requires the pupils to devise an original performance and document the journey they have undertaken in response to both a subject matter of their choosing and the working practices of a theatre practitioner suited to their work and interests. Our pupils chose to create a performance in response to Rupi Kaur’s ‘Milk and Honey’ anthology of poetry in the style of Frantic Assembly.

The Trial by Stephen Berkoff Find Me by Olwen Wymark Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell Bouncers by John Godber A Memory of Lizzie by David Foxton~ The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

Both evenings enabled all pupils to demonstrate their skillset to the visiting examiner with the resulting mark making up 40% of their overall GCSE grade. We look forward to celebrating their results with them when they are released in August.


For the first time during their GCSE Drama studies, all of our Year 10 pupils completed the first assessment which will contribute to their final overall GCSE grade. This assessment required all pupils to contribute as either performers or performance support candidates in devising an original performance in response to a stimulus provided to them by their class teacher. As is available with all examination performances, we had pupils electing to be assessed on a wide range of theatrical skills. In total we had 36 pupils enter for the exam with:

• 29 performance candidates • 4 lighting design candidates • 2 sound design candidates • 1 set design candidate

After weeks of hard work the groups performed their work to their peers and the moderators on Weds 21st and Friday 23rd June. The work presented clearly demonstrated how our pupils had utilised all of the core

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