This year the Warren School is lucky enough to be a part of the Old Vic Theatre’s ‘Schools Club’. Being a member of the ‘Schools Club’ initiative allows 30 of our most talented drama students to take part in specialist workshops run by the Old Vic Theatre’s practitioners, attend numerous theatre performances as well as a backstage tour of the prestigious Old Vic Theatre in London. The Old Vic works with only 40 schools each year so it is a real privilege to be a part of the scheme.
Our chosen students took part in their first Schools Club workshop on Tuesday 19th September. The workshop focused on voice, characterisation, devising and building tension within a performance. The students performed incredibly well and their responses to the text were incredibly mature and sophisticated. The workshop was based on the Old Vic’s production of ‘Girl From the North Country’ based on the music of Bob Dylan. The workshop allowed our students an inside look at how this production was created.
On Wednesday 20th September our ‘Schools Club’ students attended a matinee performance of ‘Girl From the North Country’ at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Students found the production incredibly engaging and moving. All the students were analysing and evaluating the performance on their journey home. Our students were commended on their behaviour inside the auditorium and on public transport.
The students are looking forward to developing their drama skills in their next workshop and performance as part of the Old Vic’s Schools Club. The next production will be an adaptation of a Christmas Carol starring Rhys Ifans. We look forward to seeing that in December.
K Henderson – Drama Teacher and School’s Club leader