We began the year with a day of workshops from the visiting Playtime Theatre troupe and we haven’t looked back since!
Some of the exciting activities students have enjoyed this year include:
- choreographing and performing a dance sequence for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Year 7)
- devising and performing our own love potion stories using A Midsummer Night’s Dream as inspiration (Year 8)
- performing lines and extracts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to examine power and control (Year 9)
- devising and performing soundscapes to capture a poem’s tone or meaning
- composing an abstract representation of poetry using symbols and key phrases
Not only are these activities fun, they also:
- stimulate creativity
- develop teamwork and collaborative skills
- improve speaking skills in a variety of different contexts
- encourage risk-taking
- improve understanding of literature
- develop performance skills
- improve the appreciation and evaluation of performances
- develop reflective thinking
What are students saying about our lessons? Here’s a sampling of a few reflections:
"I really liked that we improvised the text, like real actors, just using the key words."
"I think we did well as a class because we had people sitting, standing and doing many different movements which added depth and variety into the story."
"I think we cooperated well to create these sounds and echoes for the soundscape to create a very stormy and depressing feeling. I liked what one other group did – the heartbeat and lines to give an uncomfortable feeling gave us goosebumps as we listened to it."
"I am very proud of myself for coming up with an original gesture, but also I am proud of my friend who tends to be shy at times but wasn’t today."
"I learned how creative people are when you give them even 15 minutes."