King James' School

Spring Term in the Drama Department

Spring Term in the Drama Department


Theatre Studies - Year 12 & 13:

The Theatre Studies AS students performed their practical exam pieces on Tuesday 22nd March. These were extracts taken from Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’ and ‘Crave’ by Sarah Kane. The students overhauled the ‘dark room’ and the S1 stage to create compelling and powerful pieces of theatre. The pieces took inspiration from Katie Mitchell and Frantic Assembly. Year 13 Theatre Studies students also performed their devised exam on the 23rd March creating a superb piece of verbatim theatre. This unique performance drew on Frantic Assembly as their inspiration. This unit was significantly challenging and we were highly impressed by their commitment and dedication.

Well done to those students for all they have achieved.

Btec National Diploma Performing Arts (Acting) Year 12 & 13:

The two cohorts have been busy since the start of term. Year 12 have explored various physical theatre practitioners culminating in three very different and dynamic pieces of theatre. Year 13 are currently working on a devised piece of theatre and this will be performed in May. This is the final showcase of their two year studies. Posters will be displayed advertising this forthcoming event and it proves to be a fantastic evening of talent. Tickets will be available nearer to the time. Do come along and support the students and department.

GCSE Drama & Btec Performing Arts Level 2:

The classes produced their devised theatre pieces for assessment during the last week of term. There was an amazing range of style and storytelling and all the students should be incredibly proud of the amount of hours and dedication they gave outside of lesson time to ensure their work was ready.

Technical Crew 

The KJS technical crew is steadily growing and those long standing and faithful students are now becoming experts in training and leading new students. There are always performances which require technical support and expertise. If you would like to get involved and develop some long life skills then meet up with the crew on Thursday lunch times.

Matt Carnazza - Head of Tech team, Phoebe Logan and Stevie Wren are due to enter their final term as leaders of varying specialist areas. They will be sorely missed by all.

Year 7 Drama Club:

This term the Year 7 Drama Club have been improving their confidence, acting skills and making lots of new friends by working on their comedy and improvisation skills. Congratulations to all involved and keep up the good work. If you are interested in joining in the fun please come to the Stalls on Tuesday lunchtime. Limited places left! 

Year 8, 9 & 10 Drama Club:

The mixed Drama Club has improvised a variety of themes and they thoroughly enjoy the ‘game’ aspect of the club. The club runs on a Tuesday at 12.40 in the Circle. Please come along if you are interested!

Musical Theatre Club Years 7-10

The Musical Theatre Club has been working hard on a Dance performance of ´Hard Knock Life´ from Annie. The piece has been entirely choreographed by Year 7 students and they are having lots of fun doing it! The club is aimed toward students who enjoy Performing Arts and Musical Theatre. We have Singers, Dancers and Actors! If you are interested, come along to Drama on Wednesday lunchtimes.

Drama Student Council

The Drama Student Council has continued to work towards creating student leadership within the department. This year’s focus has been on creating resources for younger students to explore what Drama can do for them! The students will be recording videos of tips for success at A Level which will be on Fronter soon. The council consists of students from Year 12 and 13 and they enjoy working towards developing their Drama department.

New members for the council will be approached soon and Mr Haughton would love to hear from any Year 11 or Year 12 Drama & Performing Arts Students if they wish to get involved. It is an incredible opportunity to bulk out a CV with excellent experience.

Junior Ready Steady Light at Rose Bruford College

The Drama department are exceptionally proud of the efforts of all the students involved in extra-curricular activities across the school year. One of these activities involved five students who made it through to the final of the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance´s Ready Steady Light National Competition. You may have seen their entry to this in local press. The students are Matt Carnazza, Max Bridge, Tom Butler, Chris Booley and Guy Tucker. They travelled to London on Saturday 19th March to take part in the final round which involved the design and creation of lighting for an area of the London Campus. They had an incredibly successful day where they were National runners up and they also won an award for collaborative work and professionalism.

Photos of their efforts will be displayed soon. Congratulations lads!

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