A Level and GCSE drama students tread the boards

Academic | 13th March 2020

Our A Level and GCSE drama students delivered performances this week that will contribute to their final exam grades.

Five Upper Sixth Drama students performed their A Level exam, completing another 20% of their course. They performed Vincent in Brixton, a play by Nicholas Wright and directed by Mr Chambers, about Vincent Van Gogh’s time spent in London before his big break into the art world.

Alfie Nicol took the titular role, with Stephanie Joubanian as his sister Anna (delivering a fantastic Dutch accent). The two bickered and squabbled convincingly through the first act as the two came to terms with Vincent betraying his family out of loyalty to his new friends the Loyers, played by Elaine Jones and Alexandra Persinaru, and their tenant Sam, played by Zac Haynes.

Following this intense and emotional production, the students each performed monologues from well known classics (including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Caucasian Chalk Circle), and contemporary plays, such as Goodbye Charles, NSFW and Things I Know To Be True. These solo performances were a brilliant opportunity for Elaine, Zac, Alfie, Alexandra and Stephanie to demonstrate their acting skills in front of an audience of peers and a visiting examiner.

Our Fifth Year students also took to the stage for their practical exams, with seventeen students acting and one being assessed for his lighting design.

The examiner was very impressed how the groups rose to the challenge of emotional and sophisticated themes, ranging from death in the Great War with Journey’s End; colonialism and racism in Man Friday, and murder in Mudlarks, as well as some stunning performances of Bouncers, Death of a Salesman and The Dumb Waiter.

Well done to all our students for their hard work this week!