Last Thursday my students took their Speech and Drama exams. Most of them have been working with me towards a grade for the last year.
We had a real mixture as ever this year. Some are very keen drama students and others have no interest in drama at school but continue to take their grades with me year after year. It is wonderful to see this latter group grow in confidence and ability.
The different scripts we used this year were
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Night's dream
Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss
ALice by Laura Wade
Tartuffe by Moliere
My Very Own Story by Alan Ayckbourn
Rukus in the Garden by David Farr
Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris
One group devised and scripted two pieces of theatre - they had to give the examiner the script and perform it in a polished and confident way
We also had 3 students taking Communication Skills - in these grades they had to persuade the examiner to do something (support a charity, go on a trip etc) They have to listen to an article and summarise it back to the examiner.They also have to do a presentation on something of interest to them. As they go up the grades they have to present a CV and involves interview techniques. What an amazing way to develop life skills, and in this time when jobs are not as easy to get - what a fabulous step ahead.
Next year we are going to include some other performance skills - stage fighting and magic are two we have already been asked to work on.
The results this year were: Almost all distinctions or merits, so well done to everyone!
If you want any more information about any of the above feel free to contact me.