Drama Showcase Tackles Issues — Solihull Sixth Form College

Drama Showcase Tackles Issues

Drama & Theatre learners at Solihull Sixth Form College have been preparing for their practical assessments by performing in front of friends and family.

Year 13 learners put on a showcase of their work last week, having spent this term researching, creating and developing an original piece of Drama for their Component 2 practical exam. To inspire them, they have been studying The Paper Birds, a contemporary theatre company that incorporates verbatim material to address social and political issues.

The learners were split into five groups to create some extremely hard-hitting productions. The subject matter of their performances was intended to tackle some of the most emotive issues in society today, including the cost-of-living crisis, immigration and refugees, mental illness and what goes on in psychiatric wards, struggling with OCD, sexual assault and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drama teacher Nadia Kouhi commented:

“I’m proud of the entire Year 13 Drama group for the hard-work and commitment they have put into these productions. They have been tackling very difficult subject matter, but they have done so with maturity and sensitivity. These were original productions, so they were given a lot of creative freedom to produce theatre that would really make their audience think. Because these performances are being assessed and will contribute toward their final A level grades, there has been pressure on our learners to produce outstanding work.”

As well as creating original theatre, students have also enjoyed several fieldtrips, including a visit to the Electric Cinema to see ‘Prima Facie’ and a trip to the Hippodrome to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

22 November 2022