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A View from the Bridge in Year 10 English

Miss Jeffery’s Year 10 class took to the ‘stage’ to present their own versions of scenes from A View from the Bridge, the famous 1955 play by Arthur Miller which they are studying in preparation for their IGCSE English Literature. Students worked in small groups, each rehearsing a different section of the final scene of Act One in order to present the whole scene as a continuous performance at the end of the lesson.

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Students really enjoyed the activity, which enabled them to take the play ‘off the page’ and into a performance space, and to consider how the characters would show their feelings and attitudes through body language and movement as well as words. Not only is this something which makes studying a play more enjoyable, but it is also repeatedly mentioned by examiners as a key to success: students must understand the text as a play rather than treating it as a ‘book’.

Everyone made an excellent contribution, but special mention should go to Amelia Murphy for her very convincing American accent; to Alex Steel for his believable portrayal of the good-natured Rodolfo; to Joseph Chong for his display of controlled frustration as Eddie and to Josi Ebeling for performing two roles (Catherine and Beatrice) with aplomb! Well done to all the students for their enthusiastic engagement in this activity.

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