School of Total Education Year 9 students on stage last Saturday.
School of Total Education Year 9 students on stage last Saturday.

Drama students tread the boards

WHY study drama at school if you don’t get to perform a real play in front of a live audience?

Warwick’s School of Total Education drama teacher Colin Alley knows the answer too well.

“Drama students need opportunities to perform real plays in front of appreciative audiences, for both their character development and their self-esteem,” Mr Alley explained.

The passionate local teacher was one of the driving forces behind SOTE’s Junior Drama Festival at the school at the weekend.

The festival, which is held biennially, this year involved 25 Year 9 and 10 students and three plays.

“It gives kids a real buzz, and the group this year really enjoyed being involved,” Mr Alley said.

“So it made working with them a real pleasure.

“And it was a real world experience, which is essentially what you want when you are studying drama.

“This was a chance to develop their skills and perform in front of an audience.”

The Year 9 students captivated the audience with their version of Hairball, while the older students performed two plays Murder Malodorous and The Crickets Sing.



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