If we cannot go to the theatre, then we will bring the theatre to PGHS!
By this point in the academic year, we would usually have made a number of theatre visits with our students, including a trip to the West End in London. However, in our determination to not let current circumstances spoil our love for the arts, we have embraced the opportunities being offered to us by the National Theatre. In the final week of term, the English department went to the theatre (virtually speaking). Each year group took their seats and experienced a performance selected especially for them by their English teacher. As part of theatre week, students will then follow up their visit by either becoming a theatre critic or exploring different aspects of the performance such as characterisation or the staging of the performance.
This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be able to experience first class theatre performances and also embrace drama as part of the curriculum again. This will be particularly useful for our year 9 students who are considering Drama GCSE as an option subject but also a welcome return to drama in the classroom for KS3; hopefully it will whet their appetite for the return of drama lessons in the Spring term!
In addition to this, we have been really lucky to ‘zoom’ in an up and coming West End star. Phoebe Williams, will deliver a workshop with Miss Garlick’s Drama GCSE group on monologues and also give our students in Year 9 an insight into where GCSE drama might lead to, should they be considering that as an option subject.