This has been a really challenging year for people working in performing arts – including many parents and members of staff in our school community. Our Director of Music (Ms Burton) and Director of Drama (Mr Kavanagh) have done a fantastic job of keeping opportunities open to pupils and this week we celebrated commitment to Drama with the distribution of colours ties to Guy, Luke and Andrei (Year 11), Daniel (Year 12) and Tunmise (Year 13). The drama colours are awarded based on a 'school lifetime' of service. Mr Kavanagh only awards these where a student really has spent tireless hours on productions. Usually this means having been involved in several shows, spending whole weekends in the dark and dingy corners of the wings, and above all, caring about the success of the shows and the department. We congratulate them all most heartily.
Drama has a been difficult subject to teach and learn remotely, but fortunately there have been some excellent online resources, with iPlayer and National Theatre at Home offering students the ability to reach great productions from the comfort of their home. Year 7 watched Uncle Vanya (which tied in nicely with the Senior Production), and analysed the great performances before going on to write their own piece in the style.
Co-curricular Drama has continued, even during the recent lockdown of spring 2021. The senior production of The Seagull will now be a professionally produced audiobook; the drama studio has acquired its own audio recording booth. It's an unusual end to the production, but everybody is committed to a meaningful and high-quality outcome. The Junior Production will go ahead and begins at the very start of summer term for Years 7 and 8. More details will be revealed after Easter!
In a time when so many theatres are closing and social interaction is at a minimum, we need Drama more than ever. Thank you to everybody who has supported performing arts at Wilson's this year.
Above, debating colours