Thursday 18th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Drama, dance and performance students have all been to see theatre productions recently as part of their studies. Both the GCSE drama and BTEC musical theatre students visited The Curve in Leicester to see Punk Rock and Hot Stuff respectively. Punk Rock was about a group of sixth formers on the edge of adulthood while Hot Stuff was a Faustian tale featuring disco music from the 1970s and 80s.
GCSE dance students also saw Bruise Blood and Faultline at the Royal and Derngate. The Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company performed both productions which included a beatbox artist and contemporary dance rich in gestures.
After seeing Hot Stuff students are now working on their own mini musicals where they create a character and storyline, then use existing songs to illustrate it. They will perform their pieces to an audience later this year and the drama students have to write a review of a live theatre production for their coursework so Punk Rock will give them the material they need.
Miss Duguid, who went on all the theatre trips, said: ‘As a dancer I loved Faultline and there was a discussion afterwards so that the students were able to ask questions about the production. Hot Stuff was fun because it was really entertaining and everybody loves a musical. What we liked about Punk Rock was that it was really gritty and youth-orientated. All of these productions will lead to follow-on work in each curriculum area.’