In recent years, we have staged Joan Lingard’s ‘The File on Fraulein Berg’, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, and Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out’, all to great acclaim. These productions involved large casts and crews and played to full audiences in the assembly hall. The level of excitement and the atmosphere in the hall was quite special.
We were also delighted to bring to the big screen our feature-length movies: ‘The Demon Headmaster’ and ‘Julie Caesar’.
There are many opportunities for pupils to become involved through acting or joining the stage crew, art teams or the sound and lighting team.
The Junior Drama Club
This is an after-school activity and is open to pupils in Years 8 to 10. Year 10 and 13 girls can also join as Mentors. It is a wonderful opportunity for girls to come together to make new friends and enjoy the drama experience regardless of ability or experience. The aim of the Junior Drama Club is to stimulate a love of drama that will last a lifetime.
Each of the four Houses in Bloomfield competes at House Drama. This event is one which is widely enjoyed and encourages great competition. Each year the standard of the dramas improves as does the technical skills involved in their productions.
Drama in the Curriculum
Drama is timetabled as a discrete subject in Years 8 to 10. The energetic and enjoyable weekly classes promote the appreciation of theatre within a supportive environment. The subject aims to develop imagination and creativity, extending the awareness of group dynamics and skills, and to aid pupils in gaining confidence in their own abilities.
Junior Drama Festival
One of the highlights of the year is the Junior Drama festival. This gives each class the opportunity to present a drama or number of dramas. Everyone is eager to perform. This has always been a very successful event and, while it is a “public performance” in that the Festival is viewed by other staff and their peers, it is also a relaxed and enjoyable experience which gives the girls the opportunity to build confidence and have all of their hard work applauded.
At GCSE Level, there are Drama Modules which accommodate the assessment of Speaking and Listening, an integral part of the overall grade for English. For a number of years the Bloomfield girls have been joined by pupils of Tor Bank School to the mutual benefit of both sets of pupils. The Drama Module encourages full understanding of the skills of communication and facilitates close bonds between the two schools.