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November is turning out to be a very busy month for the Drama Department with back-to-back theatre visits and an exciting workshop with the National Theatre!

On Thursday 13th November, thirty six Drama students from Forms IV, LVI and MVI visited the Grand Opera House, Belfast to see the matinee performance of the West End smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.  Richard Bean’s award-winning play is a celebration of British comedy: a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners, based on Carlo Goldoni’s Commedia classic The Servant of Two Masters.  GCSE and AS pupils have been studying the text in preparation for their Christmas exam and it was fantastic to see the characters come to life with such high energy on stage.

The previous day the department was delighted to welcome Katie Lewis, Resident Director of the show, into school to take a “script to stage” workshop.  As we were the only school in Northern Ireland to partake in this workshop, we would like to thank Katie for flying over from London especially.  LVI Theatre Studies students were able to explore the same rehearsal process practised by West End actors, focusing on text and character analysis, acting techniques and staging.  It was certainly an exciting challenge given the physical demands such a show requires.  In feedback to the National Theatre Learning Programme, Katie said: “They were genuinely some of the most engaged and charming students I have ever done a workshop with.”  High praise indeed!

To top off a busy week, on Friday evening Sixth Form Drama students descended on the Belfast Barge to watch local theatre company DAMD’S production of Arthur Miller’s classic A View from the Bridge.  In contrast to the light-hearted One Man, Two Guvnors, Miller’s play depicts the tragic downfall of protagonist Eddie Carbone.  MVI students have been studying the play as part of their A2 Theatre Studies course, so it was great to see DAMD’s interpretation in such a unique setting.

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