Drama at the Senior School

Spring Term News

In January the Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, to see a ground-breaking and gobsmacking production of The Tempest. The production starred Simon Russel Beale and used live motion capture technology to revolutionise theatre in the twenty first century.  Students were treated to a visual banquet and were inspired to see more Shakespeare, after realising that theatre is as vital and exciting as any other modern art form.

The Year 12 and Year 10 Drama students were similarly inspired by a visit from The Fabulous Fierce Theatre Makers Company – who performed their Edinburgh Festival success Pond Wife, followed by a devising and acting workshop, to support their creativity in lessons. These two year groups have been industriously working through set texts That Face and DNA all term, and are very much looking forward to their Devising units after Easter.

A theatre trip to Milton Keynes Theatre delighted many students from across the years when we recently went to see The Play That Goes Wrong, an uproarious farce which had everyone in fits of laughter from start to finish.

The biggest event for the Drama department was of course, the school production of Noughts and Crosses, which highlighted the superb acting talent that we have in our senior ranks here at Akeley Wood.  I was immensely fortunate to direct such dedicated and talented students -my breath particularly taken away by the lead actors: Tom Griffiths, Dominic Selvey, Lana Docking and Isobel Cowell. The entire cast worked effectively to deliver a mature, thought-provoking and emotionally harrowing performance, unlike anything seen at Akeley before.

But the Drama department never sits still for long: next term Year 7 will be performing an abridged version of Oliver, Year 11 will have their final practical exam for which they have been rehearsing since Christmas, and auditions will begin for next year’s school production of Chicago. Can’t wait.

Mrs Glynn

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies

Akeley Wood Senior School