LOCKDOWN DRAMA

The response from pupils and staff during the challenging period of remote teaching and performance has been both creative and inspiring.

The term began with inviting all Senior School pupils to record three separate audition pieces for our next musical 'A Chorus Line', and over 70 pupils rehearsed, filmed and submitted a terrific selection of clips performed in gardens, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms, garages and driveways (see some of the auditionees pictured left). Alongside this fantastic effort, we engaged Jodie Steele, a West End performer in musicals such as 'Wicked' and 'Six', to run three live online musical theatre dance masterclasses, allowing nearly 50 pupils to hone their skills, ask questions to a leading professional, and get their household relatives involved in some challenging but exhilarating choreography.

Less physical, but just as accomplished, over 20 pupils responded to the call to contribute to a 'Shakespearean Festival of Monologues' as an introduction to the forthcoming production of 'Twelfth Night'; Isabel's beautiful film to accompany 'Sonnet 18' is below.

To celebrate our pupils' past achievements onstage there have been 'PGS Drama Fridays' on Youtube - every Friday at 4pm we have screened films of previous productions such as 'Goodnight Mr Tom', 'Treasure Island' and 'Bring It On'. Pupils and parents have enjoyed watching these together.

Our Arts Award programme continues remotely, and despite not having clear performance dates, we have continued rehearsals online for the Middle School Production 'We Will Rock You' and the Sixth Form Play 'Dancing At Lughnasa', with the intention of, at the very least, creating recordings which document the hard work and quality that has gone into them so far. Despite the many challenges theatre faces at this time, participation and creativity amongst our pupils has continued and flourished, and even found new ways to evolve.