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2011 - 2012 Trips
Year 12's day at The Globe Theatre
On Thursday the 8th November the Year 12 English class went to the Globe for a tour, lecture, exhibition and workshop on 'Othello' in preparation for their coursework. They were a credit to the school and enthusiastically tried lots of acting techniques.
The class were extremely lucky to work with an actor who has played 'Othello' and to go on and back stage!
Year 8 Gothic Performance
On Thursday 25th October, Year 8 gathered in a dark hall for a chilling performance of three nineteenth century gothic tales by the Red Heart Theatre company.
Mr Rupert Mason performed The Red Room, The Signalman and The Tell Tale Heart. He then answered some questions about the tales, the gothic and the special effects.
Year 8 are studying the gothic genre in the autumn half term.
Y7 Globe Trips to see A Midsummers Night's Dream
On the 29th Feb and 7th March, Year 7 went to the Globe Theatre by the river Thames to watch a production of A Midsummers Night's Dream. The production is sponsored by Deutsche Bank who aim to promote Shakespeare by offering free tickets to state schools. The production was highly entertaining with an array of special effects, props, an orchestra and surreal costumes. Luckily the first week the sun shone for the groundlings who stood up in the yard in the middle of the theatre and were in the midst of the action as the actors entered through the crowds via a ramp. On the second trip, L side were in the top balcony and had a birds eye view of the play. Year 7 reviews of the play to follow.
Year 7 are currently studying an Introduction to Shakespeare in English and have been building Globe models for their homework projects. Winners to be announced soon!
Year 10 will be going to watch a production of DNA on the 20th April. This is particularly exciting as the writer of the play, Dennis Kelly, will be there to answer questions! The play is studied in Y10 for a Controlled Assessment and again in Y11 for the Literature Exam.
2010 - 2011 Trips
The department is keen to bring language and literature to life and organises trips or invites speakers and theatre groups in whenever possible.
We have been delighted to offer a range of theatre trips so far this academic year.
On March 2nd and 8th Year 9 L and J sides (respectively), went to see a fantastic performance of Macbeth at The Globe Theatre. The performance had a modern twist with actors flying onto the stage on zip lines and the actors walking through the groundlings! The boys were a credit to the school on both trips and enjoyed seeing a play in a Shakespearian setting.
The Year 9 classes that studied A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens enjoyed the opportunity to dress up and look at objects (real and replicas) from the Victorian times. The top hat was especially popular!
In September 2010 the Globe Players staged Macbeth in the hall for Year 10 to help them prepare for their first Controlled Assessment Task (an examination of how power and ambition cause conflict in Macbeth and Lord of the Flies.) The actors stopped to explain key scenes and took questions from the audience at the end: it was informative and really brought Shakespeare to life.
On October 20th and 21st 2010 Year 10 L and J (respectively), went to see performances of the play DNA by Dennis Kelly at The Bridewell Theatre in central London. The trip was in preparation for their second Controlled Assessment (an examination of the presentation of power in DNA) and exam. It was an excellent performance and a great introduction to the play.
The Year 11 Drama class went to the West End to see Hitchcock’s award winning 39 Steps at The Criterion Theatre on Wednesday 15th December to help prepare for their Controlled Assessment Task.