Introduction GCSE Drama 1699 Paper 1, Unit 1 - Portfolio Anya Sweilam Response Task As a class we looked at a picture called 'Girl In The Dungeon', it evoked thoughts of depression and grief.
From the picture I was able to infer that the girl which appeared in the picture had been deemed an outcast by society and almost left to rot.
Attendance at rehearsals after school is compulsory and expectations are high, with a track record of students achieving full marks in performance, four years running!
Students attend the theatre regularly in their own time, being influenced by seeing work in London, Cambridge and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Students in the past have created innovative and highly physical ensemble work, for example “Jane Eyre” in the style of Shared Experience, a slapstick comedy “Three Men in a Boat”, a verbatim play “London Road” or an immersive experience inspired by Punchdrunk.
There is no ‘house style’ at St Mary’s and students are encouraged to pursue their own interests through extensive research and develop their talents through intensive practice.Students opting for Theatre Studies are highly driven and conscientious with 70% achieving A/A* grades in 2016.Students work collaboratively to create highly polished devised and scripted work, taking responsibility for all aspects of their production from mending costumes, painting sets, to cleaning the props cupboard.It is arguable that the girl was locked in the dungeon because her state of mind was questionable, maybe it was seen as almost abnormal or atypical.However, it could also be assumed that the solitude in which the young girl was forced to endure pushed her into an unusual state of mind, possibly leading her to be thought of as 'mad'.When our groups were formed, I worked with Holly, Nancy and Caitlin.We decided that madness could be portrayed in many ways and ultimately could be seen as any form of abnormality.Students studying Drama have often been chosen to be the head pupils at St Mary’s and many have gone on to prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Warwick or Durham to study degrees in English literature or Psychology.Students learn to manage their time well to balance the practical requirements such learning lines, finding costumes and attending rehearsals with writing coursework, going to the theatre and studying a set text for the written exam.We follow the Eduqas GCSE Drama specification, which is an exciting and varied course.Students opting for Drama do not usually want to be actors, but gain the confidence in public speaking and leadership that they made need in many professions and skills such as team work, time-management and budgeting that they can use in the future to run their own business.