Day of Drama
On Monday 12th January we hosted a day long workshop, run by West Yorkshire Playhouse, aimed at inspiring an interest in performing arts.
The subject is back on the curriculum at the school, following the appointment last year of specialist teacher and department leader, Leila Airey. As a subject, performing arts sits alongside art, music and PE within the school’s Creative Arts faculty. John Dawson, Creative Education Officer and Elvi Piper, Creative Education Co-Ordinator from West Yorkshire Playhouse spent the day in the school, working with a group of thirty Year 9 students. The session has been developed in consultation with the school to support the learning of students selected to take part having shown a keen interest or natural talent in performing arts since they began learning the subject back in September 2014.
The main focus of the workshop was about creating a short piece of devised theatre using the stimulus of published playwright, novelist, poet and Mercury Prize nominated recording artist, Kate Tempest's 'Brand New Ancients', a piece of performance poetry performed by Tempest herself at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year.
Leila Airey, Leader of Performing Arts said: “We’re keen to complement the more academic subjects with options which enable students to exercise creativity, technique, discipline and physicality through performing arts. We are delighted to be working with West Yorkshire Playhouse and we thank them for their support. This workshop has been tailored towards the Performing Arts BTEC course that we offer at Key Stage 4 and has been aimed at this cohort of students in the lead up to their options later in the term. We hope the day will inspire them and that they learn from the experience, whether they decide to take performing arts further or not.”
The workshop attracted attention in the local press, with Bradford Telegraph & Argus attending to inform a story in their paper the following day. You can read the article here.