The Drama department successfully hosted the third Trinity Drama Showcase this week, giving scholars and A Level students the opportunity to perform self-directed monologues and duologues to an audience of family and friends in the Mitre. 

Twenty-two passionate students from across the school took part in this year’s showcase and most have had to balance their rehearsals for their own pieces with the packed rehearsal schedule for December’s whole school musical production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. On top of that, Fifth Years were also preparing for their GCSE Component 1 exam which took place this week as well. 

Miss Robinson, Head of Drama, said, “It was wonderful to welcome our new scholars in the First Year Raaj Mathur, Tristan Allen and JBug Daniel Grannell to the Mitre stage for the first time.” 

The programme was packed with performances from Blood Brothers, Hamlet, Les Miserables, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Netflix’s The Bear. All were very well received by the audience. 

Third Year Edward Molony said, “It was an enjoyable evening of incredible Drama. I chose to perform a duologue this year, because I thought working with another student can be a good way to bring out the best in each other’s acting ability. I found rehearsing and performing ‘Blood Brothers’ with Hector [Hills] a rewarding and enjoyable experience.” 

Miss Robinson continued, “I was also really pleased that A Level students Barney Sayburn and Robert Wilding performed monologues they had written themselves as part of their respective Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Sixth Form Projects. It provided an opportunity for us to say a particular thank you and well done to Upper Sixth scholar Barney, for whom this was his last Trinity Drama Showcase.” 

Barney says, “In the Sixth Form, all students are invited to complete an academic EPQ, for which we create an artefact or essay, and an accompanying presentation and research report. I chose to create an artefact in the form of a play blending my passion for theatre with my interest in philosophy. ‘Love of Socrates’ explores the homosexual influence on philosophy, focusing on Socrates, Plato and the prominent statesman Alcibiades.  

“Writing a play for my EPQ has developed my ability to research, the sophistication of my prose style and my ability for storytelling. A fun process in itself, it was also invaluable when it came to writing my personal statement for demonstrating my academic rigour to universities. The monologue I performed as part of the showcase reframes Alcibiades’ speech in Symposium, exploring the notion of Plato’s feelings for Socrates.” 

With thanks to Ethan Campbell and Mr White for the lighting. 

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