Imagine our delight welcoming back one of our alumni to run workshops for year 9 and 10 drama students. With the end of this academic year fast approaching, it is a strange time for teachers as pupils graduate and leave the school. This can be especially difficult when a pupil has been in the school a long time and you have worked closely with them in a small class. To welcome a pupil back is a special treat for teachers and students alike.
Following her time at Fyling Hall, our former Head Girl and drama student Sophie, embarked on a course on Applied Theatre and Community Drama at Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts (LIPA). After visiting LIPA on a cultural trip with school in year 12 Sophie realised this was where she wanted to study and was lucky enough to be one of 24 students accepted onto the course.
Sophie returned to Fyling Hall with fellow LIPA student Rose, to run workshops for year 9 and 10 drama students. Based on the idea of character development, the workshops were designed to stretch the pupils and to introduce some more advanced drama techniques in a practical way. Pupils were asked to portray a variety of archetypal characters and to consider movement techniques to alter their physicality. At the end of the session they were required to interact in character with their peers. The session produced some outstanding results, with everyone taking part expanding their performances.
We are so glad that Sophie and Rose took the time to come and share their skills with us at the end of busy year. The pupils relished the experience and we hope to welcome the ladies back into school again soon.
Lizzie Jeeves, Head of Drama and English as a Second Language