Day at the Old Vic for GCSE drama pupils
The Old Vic near Waterloo where our Drama pupils were recently immersed in the theatrical world thanks to the Schools' Club Programme
GCSE Drama pupils have had a very exciting introduction to The Old Vic Schools’ Club programme.
The Old Vic chooses schools from a huge number of applications, offering them free tickets to four workshops and performances across the course of a year.
On Monday afternoon the pupils took part in a workshop, based on A Very Expensive Poison, a play about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. During the workshop they explored the themes and context of the play through discussion, interactive activities and devising performance. The pupils had a fantastic time taking part in the workshop, commenting that it, “helped them work with new people” and “helped them develop leadership skills.”
Following the workshop the group then went to see A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic theatre on Tuesday evening. The performance was a mix of a wide range of styles, being informative and factual in addition to tragic and, at moments, very funny. All pupils in year 10 and 11 will be writing Live Theatre Reviews of the piece, both analysing the decisions a director or designer makes, and evaluating the impact of these choices on them as audience members.
The feedback from the pupils was hugely positive, according to Drama teacher and head of Year 10 Jesinta Murphy who said they were were particularly impressed by the actors’ use of accents to illustrate when they were speaking in their native language of Russian, and when they were speaking in English, whilst still allowing the audience to understand the dialogue.