Taking inspiration from the Bard

Drama holiday club at Hemsworth Arts and Community College, pictured are Megan King, Bethany Jones, Emily Curtis and Ava Mercer. (h601b231)
Drama holiday club at Hemsworth Arts and Community College, pictured are Megan King, Bethany Jones, Emily Curtis and Ava Mercer. (h601b231)

STUDENTS got to see a performance of a Shakespearean classic before showcasing their own plays as part of a summer drama school.

The Hemsworth Arts and Community College pupils, ranging from year seven to year 10, part in the five-day drama school last week.

They learnt how to perform in promenade theatre, which involves the actors leading the audience through different settings and interacting with them.

The teams of students were then given specific sites in the school to base a story on that they had to put together themselves.

And for extra inspiration the children were taken to York to see an outdoor, promenade performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream.

They then performed their stories on the final day of the drama school to an audience of parents and friends.

Teacher Eleanor Aldous, who ran the summer school, said: “The aim of the summer school was to give gifted and talented drama students the opportunity to take part in activities that they wouldn’t normally get to experience in a normal classroom setting.

“I hope it equips them with extra skills which they will then be able to use in their drama lessons or that the older students can use for their examinations in drama.”

The pupils also did team building exercises to help them to work with pupils from other year groups that they previously didn’t know.

Miss Aldous thanked the teachers who also helped to run the drama school.