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Performing Arts students get creative in lockdown

06 July 2020  |  G Denison

Finding a way to approach drama over remote learning has given us the opportunity to explore elements of the subject in different ways. Whilst leading practical tasks has not been possible, all students have been given the opportunity to see live performance by watching recorded performances of the National Theatre’s past productions, including Wonder.land in Year 7, Treasure Island in Year 8, One Man, Two Guvnors in Year 9 and Frankenstein in Year 10.

Year 7 have been introduced to Commedia dell’arte and are finding the links between that style, Punch and Judy shows and pantomime, with pupils taking on characters and creating their own masks, whilst Year 9 have developed ideas for their own murder mystery play, involving set design and script writing.

In Year 8, students have been tasked with thinking about an original play based on the current lockdown. After looking at existing examples, their first design task was to create a poster for their production, This design by Madeleine is a great example!

Students were then challenged to develop costume designs for some of their characters. These designs by Dawn and Corinne have a real sense of performance and style that really help bring the characters to life.

The pictures give you just a small taste of some of the creative responses to this very dramatic work.

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