On Friday 5th February, our Y13 drama students completed unit 3 – and their last performance – of their drama & theatre studies A level. Their stimulus and venue was Elvaston Castle. Last autumn, the class visited the castle and grounds at Elvaston to explore the venue, learn a little about the history of Elvaston and the families who resided there and start to form ideas about their devised play. The students continued this research in their assigned groups during lessons and after school rehearsals, as well as research and practical exploration of the theatre practitioners, Frantic Assembly. The stimulus and the theatrical style of the chosen practitioners would combine to form the devised plays they performed last week.
At 1.30pm the grand wooden doors to the mysterious and atmospheric Gothic Hall were opened and invited audience of family, friends and the public took their seats to watch the devised performances. The three performances were followed by a question and answer session with the audience, who had some questions of their own about the turbulent history of Elvaston that had been showcased in the performances.
The students had a fantastic day and Elvaston created the perfect setting for some dark, thought provoking and highly physical pieces of drama. We hope to return to Elvaston next year with our Y12s!
You can view more photos from Elvaston Castle on Flickr
The Drama Department