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values of our school throughout their devising process, leading to all members of the department being very proud of our pupils.


In the Drama Department we are always looking for opportunities to develop our learners as critical theatre practitioners and developing their love for the theatre. This year we were delighted to be able to host the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest via live stream from Stratford-upon-Avon, allowing us to bring the world’s leading Shakespearean performers and directors to Matravers.

In this production, the RSC brings to life The Tempest, reimagined for a new era. Using ground breaking live motion capture technology to recreate the spirit, Ariel, the company developed an Avatar based on Mark Quartley, who plays Ariel, which can be seen on stage during parts of the play.

The day allowed us to invite a group of Year 8 pupils to watch this modern day interpretation of The Tempest, providing them with the unique opportunity to see the text they are studying in their English lessons brought to life. This event also enabled our pupils to gain an insight into the minds of the actors, director and designers of the production through Q&A sessions broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon, though sadly none of the questions from our pupils were chosen to be answered on this occasion.

Students said of the experience:

I am amazed by the performance by the RSC; especially the special effects and precision when acting out parts of the play. Based on the emotions demonstrated, it was really clear to see who each character was. Jack Young

It was interesting to see the different sides of

performance. The technical side was clearly difficult to produce however it definitely made this interpretation of

‘The Tempest’ better. It was good watching this because each different show is the director’s interpretation. Emelia Dowell

I enjoyed watching ‘The Tempest’ and I think that it will help my understanding of the play a bit more. I think watching the play being performed is easier to understand than written on paper. The Q&A helped me to understand the characters in particular. Matthew Clinch

It was a good experience being able to watch ‘The

Tempest’ live from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Although it was slightly challenging in some parts. Overall

Mr Gifford, Teacher of Drama

the production was great and used modern technology to bring it to life. Joel Foskett

We look forward to finding further opportunities in the future to bring professional performances in to the drama classroom


On Thursday 6th July the school held its annual Performing Arts Celebration Evening with pupils from Drama, Dance and Music rightfully honoured for their hard work over the past academic year. It is always a tough time for the department as we struggle to whittle down all of the possible nominees to a shortlist. This year’s nominees and winners for the Drama Department awards were:

Best Drama Group Fagin’s Gang

Year 13 ‘Anxie-Tea’ #YOLO (winner) Contribution to Drama

Anna-Rose Darmon (joint winner) Beth Murtie

Kirsten Wheeler (joint winner) Leadership in Drama Daniel Jones

Cassidy Hill (winner) Cameron Sinden

Outstanding Achievement in Drama Iona McEntee

Owen Russell (winner) Charlie Waller

Potential in Drama Lilia Adlaoui

Nathan Chadwick

Oscar Morris (winner) Owen Smith

A massive well done to all of our nominees – you have all worked extremely hard and made us the proudest department in the entire school! We look forward to working with all of our pupils (old and new) again next year.

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