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Drama students inspire others via workshops

Pupils get involved in a Drama workshop at St Thomas’ C of E Primary School

As part of their Drama course, Third Year pupils delivered a series of workshops to local primary schools and our Junior School.

St Thomas’ C of E Primary School

At the end of March, 15 pupils visited St Thomas’ C of E Primary School to perform a bespoke piece based on the events in Pompeii, which included some interesting facts about volcanoes, to their Year Four children.

Following the performance, the actors took part in workshop activities with the Year Fours to explore and understand the thoughts and emotions of the characters.

SGS student Patrick Zhu said: “It was a great experience for the children and really rewarding for us. A life lesson.”

Gwen Eyre-Morgan added: “It made my day when one of the boy’s said the play was fabulous!”

Brabyns Preparatory School

18 dramatists headed to Brabyns Preparatory School to present a performance about William Shakespeare.

The Brabyns pupils have been studying the work of the Bard and the SGS students created a piece to suit a bespoke brief given to them.

Following the performance, SGS pupils ran a fun workshop exploring scenes from The Tempest.

Adswood Primary School

Adswood Primary School pupils have been working on the theme ‘What Makes Manchester Great?’.

18 of our Drama students created and performed a bespoke piece and then delivered a workshop that took the children back in time to the suffragette movement, explored important scientific discoveries and time travelled through various eras of music and architectural developments.

Stockport Grammar Junior School

Year Three and Four pupils were treated to an energetic and informative bespoke performance on the topic of ‘Curiosity’.

Curiosity, alongside enthusiasm, resilience, togetherness and respect, is one the Junior School’s values and the Third Year pupils took the younger pupils on a wonderful journey through space, the natural world and the sporting arena as they learnt facts from books in the Library that gave answers to questions they were curious about.

Looking back on the whole experience, pupil Abigail Sullivan commented: “It was nice seeing the kids’ faces light up whilst we were performing” and Oliver O’Neill called the shows and workshops a “rewarding experience”.

Director of Drama Mr Matt King-Sayce said: “We undertake a Theatre-In-Education project annually as part of our Third Year curriculum. As part of this project, pupils shape a devised piece of drama in response to the brief set by one of our local primary schools. The culmination is when our pupils visit the primary schools to perform their commissioned work and support with an active workshop which immerses the primary school children in their learning through the medium of drama.

“Our pupils benefit greatly from this experience as it not only boosts their confidence and challenges them to perform to an unknown audience in a space they are unfamiliar with, but it also provides the pupils with the initial skills and a framework for the devising component we embark on as part of the GCSE course.

“We are very proud of our pupils up for stepping up to the challenge and the engaging work they have produced.”