Shakespeare Schools Festival

As part of the preparations for the performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM by Year 9 students in February, the cast had the opportunity to spend a day rehearsing the piece so far and sharing the work with a professional actor who then helped them “workshop” one of the scenes from the play to help complete the first full run through of the piece.

The actor, Tom Barker, had travelled from Cardiff to work with the cast and was very impressed with the work the students have done so far. “This piece is going to be great!” He told me.  Tom, who has worked with the Shakespeare Schools Festival for the last 8 years, then worked on the final scene of the play with the cast.

The students felt they made a lot of progress; at the end of the session they said they felt that Tom and the day had helped them move on a long way. One cast member said, “He gave us techniques for us to think about in creating our characters.” And Chloe Ellis, playing the dual role of Oberon and Theseus, said “We can think more about the backstory so we could embody characters better”

The show is coming together with some props and costume starting to add to the magic of the performers’ excellent acting skills. When the show is performed at the Tobacco Factory on February 2nd, it is going to be magical!

Audition Fever!

Excitement is mounting in the Drama/Music/Dance departments as the auditions for MATILDA THE MUSICAL approach. Year 7/8 have been working on their audition pieces at Drama club and there is some serious talent out there! Watch this space for casting details coming soon……

Here’s Mrs Nash with the directors guide – time to write that rehearsal schedule!

A Lovely Problem To Have!

Last week we reached full capacity at our Year 7 & 8 Drama Club so have taken the decision to add a second session each week. This is exciting as we are about to launch auditions for the junior production due to take place in the Spring Term. Year 9 are still busy rehearsing their performance for the Shakespeare Schools Festival so this means we now have over 60 students participating in extra curricular Drama. It’s lovely to see interest and enthusiasm growing for all our clubs and we are so excited for the future!

The Importance of….wearing the right costume

Year 13 A Level Drama students travelled to Bath Theatrical Costume hire in Frome with Mrs Warren to select costumes for their upcoming assessment performances of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. They rehearsed in their outfits at the 6th form open evening and all agreed that the period clothes and shoes made a real difference to the way that they played their characters. We think they look amazing!

Paper Birds ‘fly into’ St Laurence

The theatre company ‘The Paper Birds’ visited us to run workshops on devising for Year 12/13 A Level Drama students. Two lucky Year 9 learning groups were also able to take part in a session which looked at creating a piece of theatre based on a visual stimulus. GCSE and A Level students will soon be watching a production by The Paper Birds in class which they can write about in their examination.

Welcome to the Drama Blog!

Welcome to our new Drama Blog here at St Laurence School. It has been lovely to get back into the practical classroom spaces and all year groups have been making the most of being ‘back to normal’. Year 7 have been learning that ‘Drama is Serious Fun’, Year 8 have been exploring communicating in goobledy-gook and Year 9 have produced some excellent moving pieces based on the poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen – complete with lights and the soundtrack – ‘Le Depart’ by The Style Council. Our Year 10 GCSE students have got off to a great start, producing extracts from ‘Macbeth’ in newly created theatre companies whilst Year 11 took to the stage, performing their devised assessments to a real live audience in the studio. Our A Level students in Year 12 have been exploring different theatre practitioners including Punchdrunk, John Godber and Kneehigh and Year 13 are busy rehearsing their scripted pieces ready for their assessment on the 15th November. We even went to the theatre! Year 10-13 enjoyed a trip to the Bristol Old Vic to see ‘Wuthering Heights’ – a production by theatre company Wise Children based on the novel by Emily Bronte.

Now the blog is up and running we look forward to telling more about events as they happen – watch this space as we have lots of exciting things planned!