Drama Students Perform Berkoff

Scene from "Salome" by Year 12 Drama studentsDrama students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been demonstrating their skills in physical theatre this term and their efforts will culminate in a public showcase to family and students.

First year students on our A level Drama course performed extracts from a variety of original and adapted plays by renowned physical theatre practitioner Steven Berkoff. The extracts are taken from his full length plays “Metamorphosis”, “The Trial”, “Decadence” and “Salome” (a physical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play) and the students have been performing these extracts for their assessed practicals.

Each performance lasted between 7-15 minutes. Two groups performed three different passages from “Salome”, another group performed an extract from “Decadence”, Berkoff’s biting satire of the upper classes, while two more groups took on “Metamorphosis” and “The Trial”, adaptations of Franz Kafka’s dystopian novels.

Creative Arts Assistant Curriculum Leader Diane Dodd said:

“Berkoff’s plays provide a rich variety of original and adapted stories for the students to sink their teeth into. The plays exploit story-telling, mime and ensemble movement methods and this really stretches the physical and vocal skills as well as providing great scope for creativity. They have been working really hard on these performances, focusing largely on their acting skills, but two students have chosen to develop and be assessed on lighting design through the passages. There was added pressure in performing in front of an audience, but working under professional conditions is an excellent experience for the students.”

Second year A level Drama students will also get their opportunity to put on a showcase next month; this takes place on Thursday 21 March (5.00pm) and tickets are available for that performance now. Costing £8 for adults and £4 for concession and with all funds raised going to the Drama department, tickets are available to current students via ParentPay and to everyone else by calling 0121 704 2581 or emailing Central Admin.

19 February 2019