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Creative performers inspired whilst learning at home


The SGS Drama department kept pupils engaged and inspired whilst they were learning at home with a diverse range of exciting learning opportunities.

Theatre with a difference

First Year pupils enjoyed a virtual theatre visit as they watched a live streamed performance of the award-winning ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ by Mischief Theatre.

The spin on a timeless classic – which saw members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society deal with technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes – helped pupils to develop their performance analysis skills.

Staff and pupils also got together, virtually, to watch weekly live streamed performances from the National Theatre.

National Theatre at Home gave everyone access to theatre online during lockdown with showings of famous plays such as ‘Frankenstein’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Over the four months of the project there were nearly 15 million views reaching nine million households in 173 countries.

Marvellous monologues

Performers from a range of year groups demonstrated their acting ability with a series of monologues.

Third Years recorded performances of monologues they wrote after studying ‘Citizenship’ by Mark Ravenhill and Second Year pupils created a monologue after reading Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’.

After watching the aforementioned live streamed performance of ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, First Year pupils created their own monologue based on the play.

Inventive Drama pupils also created monologues on subjects such as Shakespeare and the lockdown.

Set design

Third Year pupils worked on set designs based on the GCSE text ‘DNA’.

Rachel Tracey produced an outstanding piece of work which used a range of props.

GCSE practical

Since January, Fourth Year Drama pupils were working on their devising component for their GCSE practical – something that is worth 40% of their overall mark.

The group were given three stimuli – linked to society and image – and participated in workshops. They then worked in groups to create a piece based on an idea linked to the stimulus.

New guidelines were published about creating these pieces in the light of social distancing, which led to adapting the approach to incorporate elements of documentary theatre and courtroom scenes to present this powerful narrative.