Bradon Forest School, Arts Manager, Jennifer Cady writes:
Over the next three weeks a group of GCSE Drama students from the Bradon Forest theatre will be performing alongside two professional actors to present exerts from Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest.
The performances will be presented during English class time to Year 9 students as preparation for their English KS3 National Curriculum tests. The material has been specifically tailored to the needs of the students to best prepare them for the these tests.
Dominic Waldron, our in-house professional actor, has been directing the group over evening and weekend rehearsals to prepare them for the workshops. The GCSE students will also achieve performance coursework grades to go towards their own exam results.
In the past the English department would employ a professional company to come in and perform similar workshops, but this year we decided to take advantage of the resources we have in the theatre and provide the performances ourselves, in conjunction with one of our community partners, Swindon Young Actors.
The SYA members involved are Chris McKay and Jack Baverstock, and they will be performing alongside Yr10 students, Emma Wakefield (Sparcells), Kelly Bowan (Grange Park), Emily Cheesley (Purton), Hannah Milward (Nine Elms) and Rosanna Fish (Purton).