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Devised Drama

Lower Sixth and Lower Fifth drama pupils have recently delivered powerful and impactful performances as part of their respective A level and GCSE courses. These pieces were devised entirely by the groups themselves, highlighting the range and talent of St John’s pupils as performers and dramaturgs.

Lower Sixth pupils studied an extract from the Ancient Greek tragedy of Medea by Euripides and used the French theatre practitioner Antonin Artaud as stimuli to create their performances. Ideas were crafted over many months and the final pieces were powerful, engaging and made a lasting impact on the audience.

Lower Fifth used the idea of Syrian refugees, as well as other stimuli, to give them inspiration to create their pieces. Their performances touched poignantly and pertinently on war, mental health, the miners’ strike and the importance of family.

Head of Academic Drama, Mr Garbett, commented: “The pupils should be congratulated on their significant achievements.”