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Drama Review 2017-18

5th July 2018

The Upper Transit drama group ended their first GCSE year with a very powerful devised performance exploring the impact of mobile phones and social media on relationships and feelings of low self-worth. The performance Pink Scorpion followed a teenage girl, Tara, in her struggle to feel ‘good enough’ in a society of confusing and conflicting messages, reinforced through the media and her peer group. The performance appeared to have quite an impact on the audience consisting of teachers and Wychwood students from Inters – Shell. Some of the comments collected after the performance remarked on its thought provoking nature:

“It has seriously made me think about the way we treat others in real life and online.”

“I have learnt that I should limit my time on social media and care less about what people think.”

“Relatable, brought me to tears.”

“It was a dark subject, portrayed effectively and was not enjoyable to watch but was powerfully performed.”

“The performance even had quite an impact on me and I will now be more aware when surfing the web and using my phone.”

Congratulations to Georgina, Poppy and Sophie for all their hard work in creating such a captivating performance!

Taming of The Shrew

“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing” – Troilus and Cressida

The Michaelmas term opened straight in to rehearsals for the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival performance of Taming of the Shrew. There was a healthy cast of almost 30 students from Remove – Lower Transits and once again, Miss Jones was lucky to have such a dedicated team who rose to the challenge of learning Shakespearian language in a deep-south accent as she decided to set this unique version in the Wild West!

A message from Shakespeare Schools Festival Senior Coordinator, Naomi Lawson:

“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your production. It was such a unique twist on The Taming of the Shrew; your students had incredible ownership over the story, and it was wonderful to see that come through throughout the performance. They seemed to be such a strong ensemble and it was really clear that they had worked incredibly hard together as a company. A huge congratulations to your students, and you, for all your hard work!”

“I particularly enjoyed the ‘desert’ vibe on set and it was a real personal achievement to have been successful in creating the accent.” Essi

“I really enjoyed taking part because I love Shakespeare and I found the adaptation of the story a fun and light version whilst still being true to the story of Taming of the Shrew.” Elfie

“I ended up having an extra last-minute job of running around fixing and reinforcing the cactuses that my sister had made as the backstage crew! I enjoyed the challenge of the part that I played, but ended up with a very sore throat from all of the growling I had to do as the ‘ugly’ side of Petrucio’s personality.” Olivia

“I really liked working with the other year groups, especially when we worked on the dance and movement scenes.” Sophie

“It was so much fun getting in touch with my  more ‘feral’ side and pushing my comfort zone with the physicality of this on stage. I am proud of myself for figuring out the deep-south accent and working hard on this over the summer holidays in preparation for rehearsals at the start of term.” Anu

Grimm Tales Review

Hilary 2018 saw Wychwood students from Remove to Upper Transits perform Grimm Tales; the much-loved fairy tales written by the Grimm brothers, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, dramatised by Tim Supple and directed by Miss Jones! The black box, thrust staging was set as an extra challenge for the girls and to give the audience a different, more intimate experience.

There were a collection of tales performed: The drama club, consisting of the Remove, Inters, Lower Transits and Upper Transits opened with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs followed by A Riddling Tale. Next up, was The Hare and the Hedgehog; a bright and cheerful re-telling of the tale by Remove, but with a rather gruesome ending! There was a swift mood change with group choral singing from the Lower Transits opening the macabre Little Red Cap followed by the Inters version of The Golden Goose, for which Rebecca designed and operated the musical backing tracks for her class play. The A Riddling Tale cast made another appearance with the answer to the riddle before the final tale: Ashputtel, a re-telling of the Cinderella story by the drama club girls.

With a cast and company of 50, getting the tales together was a huge operation, but with a hugely dedicated cast, and lots of practice it all came together brilliantly on the night, with many star performers, and for several of whom was their first time performing in front of an audience at Wychwood. Congratulations to all involved!

“My Grimm’s Tales experience was amazing. I loved all of the people I worked with and I am grateful to all of the people who made this possible. I think that Snow White was my favourite play because of the great casting! I also did make-up, hair, props, and costumes and I found it so much fun to work with the other girls back stage.” Gina

“My Grimm Tales experience was very fun and enjoyable, and I gained multiple skills – especially teamwork as we worked with such a big cast in a small space.” Em

“Almost every week someone was ill which made it very hard to rehearse, and I thought the whole thing would flop! However, after all the run throughs, we finally made it to Thursday night and worked together to make a great play.” Olivia

“I loved the feeling of adrenaline when performing for the first time. I had so much fun with my friends and became much closer with the rest of my class.” Bella

“Whilst performing I realised how difficult it was to get on and offstage efficiently, but throughout the rehearsals, I definitely improved. I also learned about physical theatre as I had never done it before. It was a wonderful production to be in and I enjoyed it very much!” Elfie

“One of my favourite things about any production is the costumes, set, lighting and props as it really brings everything together and adds to the excitement!” Olivia