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Redland High School for Girls
Drama at Redland High
Redland High School recognises that Drama has a unique contribution to make to the school curriculum.
At Redland High we see Drama as an academic and a social pursuit: it generates links between different Year and House groups; it encourages girls to expand, explore and consider their own experiences; it promotes skills of physical and vocal expression, cultural understanding and analysis, personal awareness and empathy.
Drama is a popular and successful subject throughout the school. In our Foundation Stage we begin with storytelling and acting out with costumes, and story creation and character improvisation is developed through Years 1, 2 and 3. By Year 4 our pupils are studying duologues and solo pieces from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and in Years 5 and 6 our young thespians are performing their own versions of much loved stories. From our Foundation Stage in the Junior School right through to Sixth Form,girls are encouraged to participate in assembly presentations.
The Senior School Drama curriculum and the components of the A-Level course are outlined on the relevant pages. Redland High old girls have gone on to considerable success in the arts. Currently we have an old girl who is a member of the RSC, another who has been involved with the independent and highly regarded 'Love and Madness' theatre company. Others are working in prominent positions at the Barbican, Sadlers' Wells and Tate Modern. We have nurtured individuals working in stage costume design and cinematography.
A wide range of Drama activities is offered at Redland High. Our annual school production ranges from Shakespeare to straight Dramas to musicals. Recently we have presented Romeo and Juliet, Bugsy Malone, Grimm Tales and Sweet Charity, while past productions include Great Expectations, Noel Coward's Hay Fever, Little Shop of Horrors, Calamity Jane and The Importance of Being Earnest.
We have been involved in local and national Drama and Arts festivals. Our most recent and ambitious venture was taking a production ofEuripides' The Trojan Women to the Edinburgh Fringe. Past glories include an unbroken 6 year winning streak at the Bristol One Act Drama Festival, and a version of The Taming of the Shrew presented at the Shakespeare Schools' Festival which featured talking horses!
Theatre trips are part of our regular school life with a number of trips run every academic year. Again, the emphasis in on diversity: the Department aims to take girls to see theatre that they might not otherwise access for themselves. With this in mind, we have seen Danny Boyle's Frankenstein at the National Theatre, Punchdrunk's The Masque of the Red Death at the Battersea Arts Centre, Tim Supple's multi-lingual A Midsummer Night's Dream and the recent Cirque du Soleil production, Totem. We have also been to see the highly regarded National Theatre production War Horse on two separate occasions!
In addition to taking girls out of school, the Drama Department also has a tradition of inviting specialists into school to run workshops with the girls that enhance their curricular studies and expand their general knowledge. We have worked with the improvised comedy group 'Instant Wit' and we have had stage combat and circus skills workshops run by specialist practitioners.
Girls at Redland High who enjoy Drama and Theatre are guaranteed an experience that is vibrant, exhilarating, challenging and diverse. Their cultural awareness will be expanded, and their practical experience enhanced. And they will have a tremendous amount of fun.
Latest News - Drama at Redland High
The School production of "Peter Pan" was certainly a magical way in which to end the term. The set, staging, music, costumes, lighting, hair, and make up all combined to make a very enjoyable and professional production.
The English and Drama Departments participated in a live screening of the RSC's current production of Richard II directed by Gregory Doran and starring David Tennant. The production was accompanied by a talk and Q&A session with the director and lead actor!
This is what the reviews said about the two "Big Shoes Theatre Company" productions at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer: "... a classy, polished production... Beautiful, lyrical and haunting..."
Eva Feiler who left Redland High in 2010 has landed her first professional acting role in the Sheffield Theatres' Production of 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare, which is being directed by Paul Miller and presented at the Crucible, Sheffield from 2 October - 2 November 2013.
Redland High recently held the Drama examination performances. As always, these were invigorating and exciting evenings and the the girls performed to a large and responsive audience which always helps.
Redland High's new Drama and Dance teacher, Miss Rachel Williams, ventured into unfamiliar territory when she visited QEH to conduct Street Dance workshops with the boys there, as taster sessions in the lead up to our dance weekend on 8 and 9 June.
Redland High's Scarlett Carter (Year 5) has recently fought off tough competition to secure a part in popular Cbeebies show, Grandpa in my Pocket. Scarlett Carter was chosen to play Jessica in the show after a tough audition process which saw over 1000 children apply.
Jasmine Griffiths in Year 13 was choreographer for this year's production of Oliver!, starred as Elsa in last year's The Sound of Music and as Lady Capulet in the production of Romeo and Juliet at the Edinburgh Fringe summer 2012. She is returning to Edinburgh this year, as the Heroine in Puss-in-Boots and Granny in The Company of Wolves. Jasmine's talents are by no means confined to school and she recently achieved great success at the Highbridge Arts Festival - an annual Eisteddfod, celebrating music, drama and dance.