Dormers Wells used their Educational Visit Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation to take GCSE Drama students on a trip to the theatre. This visit allowed the students to develop their analytical skills of live performance.
As part of the GCSE Drama course, students are required to analyse a piece of live theatre, looking at the techniques used and the ways in which they perform. Therefore, the school put their grant towards taking the group of students to a professional, high quality production at a West End theatre in order to complete this task.
As well as the students getting the chance to complete this part of their course, it was also a generally good experience for the young people. They were able to broaden their cultural awareness by visiting a new theatre in London and watching a piece of theatre that they may not have otherwise got the chance to see. This visit enabled the young people to broaden their knowledge of the different styles of theatre.
The production was performed in an immersive style, which is quite different to what the students are used to. This was a great chance for the young people to be inspired to develop their own work, as they could apply new techniques and ways of performing to their own work. Most of the young people had not been to the theatre before, so they were also able to learn how to act and behave while sat in the audience, respecting their fellow audience members.
One student said: “We learnt loads more techniques by watching this performance. It was also really funny”