Throughout the year, the English Department has taken a dynamic approach to the teaching of imaginative writing, and drama and performance in the classroom.
To enliven their studies of the play Children of the Black Skirt, Year 7 students were visited by acclaimed playwright, Angela Betzien. Ms Betzien spoke to the students about the process of writing the Gothic play and how familiar and intriguing places can inspire the development of unique stories. Students were transfixed by the costume of the black skirt Ms Betzien brought with her, as worn by the actor who plays the titular character in the original stage production.
After attending a performance of Macbeth at the Seymour Centre, Year 9 students transformed the Marian Centre into Shakespeare’s setting of Cawdor through their theatrical interpretations of Macbeth. Armed with sounds, costumes and tomato sauce, the students offered their reading of fundamental ideas pertaining to power, greed and murder. The immersive experience, inspired by the production of Sleep No More in New York, enabled Year 9 to think about Shakespeare in a new way.
Year 10 students later this term with attend a performance of Suitcase Stories. Coming from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Bhutan and South Sudan, cast members are survivors of notable events in their countries and offer their experiences in a presentation of their stories. This should prove a fitting conclusion for our students and their study of Voices of Protest.
Chris Davis (Ms)