Original Theatre Performances

Drama students at Solihull Sixth Form College performed devised original theatre this week as part of their A level assessment.

The second year students have been working towards their Component 2 exam for many weeks and their original theatre has been created in the style of The Paper Birds Theatre Company. Each group have selected a topic that aims to ‘give a voice to the voiceless’. The style of theatre combines verbatim material with non-naturalism. They researched real events to make their performances as authentic as possible.

The three original productions are ‘To Live Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure’, which is about child soldiers, as well as ‘Four Walls’ about the Grenfell Tower fire and ‘I’ve Never Really Thought About It’, which focuses on rape. Most of the students are being assessed on their acting skills, but one students chose to focus on Set Design for their assessment.

“I’m so proud of the students for their hard work. Drama is a subject that has been hit by Covid restrictions perhaps more than any other course. The syllabus requires students to complete a practical assessment, but we’ve had to adapt what we would normally do to operate within the safety guidelines. This has included keeping distance as much as possible, students wearing face visors and regular and careful sanitising of hands and props. The students have risen to the challenge brilliantly.

“As for their performances, the students have picked incredibly hard-hitting subjects to portray. They did their research and have come up with very powerful performances that do justice to the difficult subject matter.”

Drama teacher Nadia Kouhi

15 December 2020