Drama Raises Self-Esteem and Improves Confidence
After weeks of online learning, our pupils have realised the importance of the performing arts.
All classes have enjoyed being back together these past three weeks, creating and devising in the drama classroom. The contribution to drama in lockdown by many pupils was excellent, however it was amazing to once again feel and see the collaboration and cooperation between the children, and their obvious enjoyment in being creative together in school.
Year 6 have definitely shown what three weeks of hard work can produce. During lockdown they all learnt a section of one of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and filmed themselves performing their piece with chosen set, costume and props. There were lines filmed in chicken coops, up trees and by cosy fireplaces. Everyone delivered their lines with clarity and expression.
On returning to school, it was essential that they all experienced being on stage, under the lights (as traditionally the Year 6 Play would be performed in March to large audiences), so with little rehearsal time and no after school rehearsals possible, Year 6 rose to the occasion of performing the rhymes on stage. They couldn’t have an audience, so cheered and supported each other as the stories came to life. There were lots of giggles and laughter and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There were many excellent performances and stars of the future!
Let’s hope that in the next school year the children can perform to an audience once again, and the seats in our Arts Centre will be full of delighted parents clapping, cheering and supporting all things drama at King's Hall.
Commenting, our Head of Drama, Lisa Keirle said: "Seeing the pupils back on stage, bringing Roald Dahl's rhymes to life was just fantastic. Our recent Pyrland Day also enabled the children to be expressive, and drama was a keen choice for our Year 7 pupils, who enjoyed lots of games and improvisations with props and hats."
She added: "Performing arts as a whole at King's is on the up; the children can access a range of options from music and drama, through to dance workshops. Our younger years particularly enjoyed dancing with visiting teacher Natasha Ballardie, who works closely with our senior pupils at King's College. We look forward to more creativity next term, and hopefully to having audiences again!"
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