Drama at Blundell's

Drama at Blundell’s

  • Desire to celebrate the power of drama and to transport maker and spectator
  • Determination to work in a thoroughly professional way in pursuit of high standards but without losing a sense of playfulness
  • Passion to keep learning and encountering new influences
  • Belief in teaching the art of the playwright, director, designer, technician and critic as much as the art of the actor

Drama Review 2016-17

I struggle to imagine any other job where I would be taken from a fairytale wood to the streets of Victorian London and then to a desert island via a dystopian future and a haunted séance. However, these are just some of the experiences our students have created in Drama this year.

The summer exams saw the last of the current specification and all our students were rewarded for their hard work with 100%A*-C. Our Year 13 students have moved onto University to study a wide range of subjects including Business, Marketing, Real Estate and Law. Imogen Sanders-Dutton (Yr13) is taking a year out to apply to Drama School and as one of our strongest and most versatile performers of the past few years, we are watching her progress with a very keen interest.

At GCSE Sparkle Menzies (Yr11) and Victor Mills (Yr11) were outstanding both in the classroom and on stage and were rewarded with A*s. Sebastian Albery (Yr11), Emily Squibb (Yr11), Amelia Low (Yr11) and Aran Dagwell-Spittle (Yr11) also produced work of a very high standard and achieved A grades. Sebastian’s review of A Woman in Black was of an exceptionally high standard and was awarded full marks: a budding theatre critic in the making!

Whilst it is distressing to read in the newspapers about the cuts to arts education, I am delighted that in the Blundell’s Drama Department, we seem to be bucking this worrying national trend as we currently have more students than ever studying Drama at GCSE and A Level. With the creative arts industry now contributing £76.9bn to our national economy, it is a sector which cannot be ignored. As Lord Melvyn Bragg said: “Investment in the creative arts is the key to the lives of so many people in this country, and to the richer life of the country itself.” I couldn’t agree more.

We have exciting times ahead as the production schedule for 2017-18 is already taking shape; once again variety is the name of the game. We will start the school year with one of the Department’s favourite pieces, Arthur Miller’s Crucible and follow it up in complete contrast with School House’s School of Rock.

TLW