DRAMA CLUB AND THEATRE TRIPS
The Drama Club is open to pupils in all year groups. We meet on a Tuesday at lunchtime and the club gives students more opportunities to take part in public performances. We have an input into the Christmas and Easter concerts each year and have, in the past, participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Edinburgh Peace Festival and the Lyceum Theatre’s Connect Festival.
Students in Drama Club also have the opportunity to attend theatre trips along with students in the Drama Classes at S2 and above.
S1 students can join to learn more about acting techniques, while older students get the chance to improve on theirs.
Students who are more interested in backstage work, rather than acting, are also very welcome to join as there is always plenty to be done.
Scottish Concert 2014
Students performed solo items at the Scottish Concert this year.
Spring Concert 2014
Rehearsals are under way for TWO Drama productions in this year’s Spring Concert. With the centenary of the First World War being marked this year, we thought it would be appropriate to have performances which focus on this period of history. Both plays look at the lives and conditions of the women who worked in the Munitions factories. ‘Canary Girls’ and ‘Handmaidens of Death’ will showcase the talents of some very dedicated members of the Drama Club.
Christmas Concert 2013
Auditions have been held and rehearsals are underway for the Drama Club’s contribution to the Christmas Concert. Once again, our numbers in the club have increased and Mrs Read has had to adapt more than one play to fit in as many people as possible. Make sure you come along to see the final performance on Tuesday 17th December.
Spring Concert 2013
This year, like last year, the Drama Club performance took up half of the Spring Concert programme. Our play was ‘A Memory of Lizzie,’ which looked at a fictional account of the infamous Lizzie Borden and how she might have behaved as a child. This was a very successful production, with a large cast, which was enjoyed by actors and audience alike.
The Drama Club students contributed as usual, to the Christmas Concert with an abridged version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ This was an opportunity for some of the newer members to get involved and show their developing skills. Courtney Butler took the role of MC for the evening and also appeared on stage as a ‘Wee Scottish Christmas Fairy.’
Titanic March 2012
Members of the Drama Club have been working hard on the performance of Titanic for our concert on 27th March 2012. This presentation has been chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the large cast have had to cope with tackling several different roles at once. Please come to see it and support our students.
Children of the Holocaust – Speak Up Speak Out
Students from S1, S2 and S5 classes performed a Dramatic presentation on this Holocaust theme on Wednesday 24th March 2012. They were joined by members of the Senior team and performed three times over the day, to all year groups. This was a project in conjunction with Community Learning and the Anne Frank Trust and had an impact on all who participated or watched the production.
There are several Theatre Trips arranged every year. These are some of the productions we have gone to see in recent years;
An Inspector Calls
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Men Should Weep
Of Mice and Men
Mary Queen of Scots Had Her Head Chopped Off
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
One Man, Two Guvnors
Romeo and Juliet
The Hard Man
A View from the Bridge
The Importance of Being Earnest
Time and the Conways
A Taste of Honey
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Guid Sisters
Most recently, we have been to see ‘Dragon’ at The Traverse Theatre. It was a fantastic example of physical theatre and was a collaboration between Vox Motus, The National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre. Coming up soon is our trip to see ‘The Lion King’ in December. In 2014, we hope to see ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘A Comedy of Errors,’ ‘Pressure’ and many more.
In May 2013, 20 students and 3 members of staff took part in the first Drama residential trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace. In an activity packed four days we saw a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, had a backstage tour of the theatres, went on a boat trip on the River Avon, visited Shakespeare’s burial place and Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and participated in a Drama workshop. On top of all this, we had some fun and relaxing times at the lovely Youth Hostel at Alveston. Everyone had a great time and we hope to make this a regular fixture in the Drama calendar.