While the UK prepared for Storm Eunice, GCSE and A Level Drama pupils in Years 10 and 12 were safely in the Drama studio, preparing for their final performances of their devising work. Year 10 have been working in collaboration with Company Three on a project entitled ‘When This is Over’. Company Three are an Islington based Youth Theatre company who have created a blueprint for the performance and St Laurence is one of 40 groups around the country who have been involved. The project recently won ‘Community Project of the Year’ at The Stage awards and we are looking forward to having the trophy visit us in the near future. The GCSE students have worked very hard on the piece which saw them share valuable memories as well as their hopes and dreams for the future – ‘When This is all Over’. The soundtrack was made up of their favourite music and the play finished with ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ from the iconic film ‘The Breakfast Club’ and a triumphant salute from the pupils who were justly proud of themselves!
You can read more about the work of Company Three here https://www.companythree.co.uk/
Year 12’s piece was devised in the style of John Godber – who wrote plays such as ‘Bouncers’, ‘Teechers’ and ‘Shakers’. It was called ‘Snoozers’ and set in Wiltshire’s busiest budget hotel. The students played the staff who work at the hotel, along with a variety of guests including groups of stags, hens, businessmen and Russian holidaymakers. As with all Godber plays, the piece was funny but with a more serious underlying message and the students managed the transitions between the light and dark superbly. This performance, along with written coursework, makes up 40% of the final A Level mark and the students should be feeling confident that they did a brilliant job. The audience were suitably impressed – and we hope the examiners will be too!