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12 November

OV’s Dramatic Reading Week

It was a delight to see OV Ella Fidlin (Os 14-21 & King’s St Alban’s) in the King’s Drama department this week. Ella is currently studying Film and Theatre at The University of Manchester, but took advantage of her Reading Week to return to Worcester and join the Head of Drama, Shara Parry, during the preparations for the GCSE Drama assessments.

The Fifth Form GCSE pupils were in the process of finalising the Devising Unit of their Drama GCSE – this is where the pupils create a performance from scratch, and their skills are judged both on the performance itself, whether actors or set designers, and on their accompanying coursework that shows the creative and idea development process which helped them reach the final, judged, performance.

Ella was on hand to review the dress rehearsals and give the pupils some helpful, constructive feedback with a fresh pair of eyes.

While a pupil at King’s herself, Ella was heavily involved with the drama department through both her A Level work and also LAMDA and Drama clubs. Film is Ella’s passion and her ultimate aim is to write and direct films – the pinnacle would be to direct horror films.

OV’s Dramatic Reading Week Shara Parry and Ella Fidlin

Talking about her visit, Ella said, “I’m really enjoying my university course and settling in well to life in Manchester, but do miss Worcester and my parents, so the opportunity to come back to see them and pop into King’s was one I didn’t want to miss. It was such good timing to tie this into catching up with Shara and assisting with the GCSE Drama groups by giving them some help and moral support – I remember the exams all too well!”

Shara added, “We are carrying out the GCSEs under another year of restrictions, but I am incredibly proud of all the GCSE pupils and the work they have put in, and most impressed that they have all managed to stay fit and healthy! While it is a shame that we are still not in a position to hold ‘live’ shows for parents and friends, Ella’s visit to King’s to provide a fresh perspective was absolutely fantastic and we are incredibly grateful for her time.”