Drama students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull will be putting on performances of their assessed pieces this term, with showcases in October and November.
First Year A level Drama & Theatre students are performing publicly first, on Thursday 18 October (7.00pm in H201). For this first extract assessment, the two classes are joining forces to explore the plays of Anton Chekhov and will be performing duologues and some monologues from his classic plays about family, love, loss and unfulfilled dreams. These plays are ‘The Seagull’, ‘Uncle Vanya’, ‘The Three Sisters’ and ‘The Cherry Orchard’. The task with all these is to capture the unique Chekhov style of deeply moving psychologies coupled with the humorous distractions of mundane everyday life and conversations.
Later this term, on Thursday 29 November (7.00pm in H201), second year Drama students are scheduled to perform their devised plays, which is the coursework part of their A level. Inspired by the prescribed practitioners Frantic Assembly, students will present their original pieces in a style, which fuses powerful realistic dialogue and spectacular physical theatre techniques. The students have researched and seen Frantic Assembly live and on video and have worked with actors during a day-long workshop.
These performances are being assessed and will form part of their final A level grade in Drama & Theatre. Videos of the productions will be sent to the exam boards for moderation.
Creative Arts Assistant Curriculum Leader Diane Dodd commented:
“It is a big project to put on a production of this type and the students put in a lot of hard work to these productions throughout the Autumn term. I’m always impressed with their interpretations of classic stories and performing in front of an audience is a nerve-wracking thing to do, but they always rise to the challenge.”
Tickets for these showcases are available by contacting the College’s Central Admin Office on 0121 704 2581 or by emailing Central Admin. We will be fundraising for the Drama department and asking for donations of £4 for adults and £2 for concessions for those wishing to attend.
1 October 2018