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 second Schools Club workshop on Friday 8th December 2017. The workshop was based on the Old Vic’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and allowed our students an inside look at how this production was created. The two hour workshop focused on performing in different stage layouts, choral speaking, working as an ensemble, and the context of the text.
Workshop facilitators Joe and Sapphire commented that our students were incredibly focused and well behaved and the school was most welcoming.
On Monday 11th December 2017 our ‘Schools Club’ students attended a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring Rhys Ifans at the Old Vic Theatre in London. The production is not staged in the usual proscenium arch set up, but almost ‘in the round’. Students used their knowledge gained from their workshop to pick out all the pros and cons of this stage configuration while watching.
After the performance, students had the chance to talk with Olivier Award winning actor John Dagleish who plays Bob Cratchit in the production. Students were able to get their tickets signed, take photos, as well as ask John questions about life as an actor. Once again the students were real assets to the Warren School and a real pleasure to take out.
The students are looking forward to developing their drama skills in their next workshop and performance in 2018! Once again we would like to thank the Old Vic for letting us be a part of this amazing initiative.
K Henderson – Drama Teacher and School’s Club leader