King's Worcester

17 November

GCSE Drama Groups Impress at Blood Brothers Workshop

Our GCSE Drama groups have excelled in recent weeks.

The first week in November brought the performances of the eight different pieces of original theatre crafted by our Fifth Form performers and designers as part of their devising assessment. The range of ideas and themes explored with high levels of expertise was a joy to witness. Having completed that part of the assessment, it’s been back to our set text and the Upper Remove joined the Fifth Form for all things ‘Blood Brothers’ last week.

The Drama Department have a long-standing working relationship with Stage-Ed, a specialist theatre education company founded by two alumni of the West End production of Blood Brothers. Mike Southern (who played Sammy in the West End and on tour) has worked with King’s pupils both here and on our annual London Theatre Tours. He was still blown away by the talent on display when this current crop of Upper Remove and Fifth Form pupils got up on their feet for a full day’s exploration of the text and staging techniques.

In the midst of these workshops, we finally had an opportunity to get our GCSE pupils out to live theatre again. On Wednesday evening we sallied forth to the Birmingham Hippodrome to give the pupils an opportunity to see Blood Brothers brought to life on stage. It was a joy to be back out supporting the arts industry, to see professionals back at the height of their powers and to share this experience once more with the pupils. Despite the tragic storyline – at least face-coverings help to ‘mask’ the weeping – the trip was a joyous success.

Congratulations to all our GCSE students for flying the King’s flag so high, both in terms of their outstanding quality of work here in school and their positive attitude and great citizenship out and about at the theatre!

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