GCSE Drama Performance
On Tuesday 8 November the GCSE Drama Group performed scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to an enthusiastic audience of Year 9 Drama Scholars and the REP group.
The examination required the students to study the play, decide on the concept for performance and present a scene as if it were part of the play as a whole. After taking inspiration from Emma Rice’s production at the Globe, the group have been selecting scenes, choosing characters, creating the highly imaginative and varied concepts, learning lines, collecting and making costumes and props, designing the lighting and sound and finally performing for their GCSE exam.
The character of Helena made several appearances as she fought with Hermia in the forest (using steps and levels to create Helena’s ‘tall personage’), a painting to give us an insight into what she might look like, as well as using the audience to protect her from the “vixen” Hermia. A different Helena, full of unrequited love for a very pompous Demetrius, tried to win his love with pleading and forest flowers. Bottom the Weaver’s enthusiastic excitement for writing a prologue and his shocking over-acting led to fear and farcical behaviour from poor Peter Quince, who was running around the stage, arms flailing madly around! The beautiful Titania fell in love with a Vanilla Ice style Bottom, while poor Peter Quince fearfully demonstrated the whole of the play within a play with a sword, a mantle, a bush and, of course, a dog (on wheels!). Puck, danced to ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, and tiptoed through the audience, as she regaled us with the story of how poor Titania had fallen in love with a monster!
Holly Harvey explained “I decided to do one of Puck’s monologues. I knew Puck to be a mischievous, loud and quirky elf. I chose this part as I wanted to push myself outside my comfort zone. After choosing which scene we wanted to do, we had ten hours to work on it and make it perfect. As well as the actual performance we had to create a working record which mapped out progress and character development. At the end of ten hours we performed our scenes. There was an array of styles, genres and interpretations and I think every person put their all into the unit and created an excellent scene. I enjoyed doing my performance. I think it was unexpected, as I dressed in a tutu, with wings and wore orange and blue stripy socks. I walked through and over the audience, and even danced to Cindy Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’! It was a really fun piece of work and the audience seemed to enjoy it.”
Mrs Fisher, Head of Expressive Arts said “What a brilliant morning, where we were entertained with wonderful acting, dancing, sets and costumes. Stunning lighting with colours and gobos perfectly created the forest. It really gave us the magical feel of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Well done to all the girls!”