Drama Students Take on Chekhov

Drama ShowcaseDrama students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been bringing the work of Anton Chekhov to life for their assessed performances this term.

First Year A level Drama students were set the challenge of performing a monologue or a duologue from one of the Nineteenth Century’s great naturalistic writers, Anton Chekhov. They chose to perform extracts from four of his great plays: “Uncle Vanya”, “The Seagull”, “The Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard” and the challenge was to create believable action and conversation on stage to create the illusion of “living the part”.

These performances were assessed under AQA exam board criteria and under professional conditions to an audience of family, friends and their teacher-assessor. Each extract lasted between 5-10 minutes in length and students were responsible not only for their acting, but for costume, set and props as well.

Diane Dodd, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts, commented:

“These students only joined the College back in September, but we have thrown them in at the deep end with challenging monologues and duologues from Anton Chekhov. They have risen to the challenge and worked very hard to deliver these excellent performances, which will go towards their final A level grade. It’s the first of several public performances that they will be assessed on.”

Second Year Drama students will be performing their own assessed pieces to family and friends on Thursday 29 November (7.00pm). Tickets for this Showcase are available from the College’s Central Admin Office on 0121 704 2581 or by email to centraladmin@solihullsfc.ac.uk. We are fundraising for the Drama department and will be asking for donations of £6 for adults and £3 for children for this Showcase.

23 October 2018