GCSE Drama Pupils Have Opportunity To Get Frantic

On Tuesday 14 November Princethorpe College’s Year 10 and 11 Drama pupils were treated to a day of devising with Sean Holland from the world acclaimed touring Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly. The company’s work includes collaboration with The National Theatre's acclaimed play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time.

Frantic Assembly are at the cutting edge of the industry, with their bewitching blend of physicality, design and sound-tracking. The workshop followed on from pupils' recent enrichment visit to see the company’s latest production (a joint venture with the Australian State Theatre) Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell.

Aileen Cefaliello, Head of Drama, commented, “Sean worked the students hard physically and mentally. He pushed and challenged them to the very maximum...they used muscles I'm not sure they even knew existed!”

The workshop included devising techniques in creating stage imagery, stunning technical lifts and building narrative sequences.

Aileen continued, “It was heartening for the pupils to grasp that even professional theatre companies and actors venture on a journey of the unknown when devising and that the destination does not always need to be known when you are in the early stages of creating new original work. Trust, support, contact and human connection were the words of the day...there truly was nowhere to hide...I was even lifted to the heavens myself at one point!”

"It's great to work with young people that throw themselves (quite literally) into something new," Sean enthused, "Each individual had a moment beyond their comfort zone and pushed through it to make some real gems of physical material. I look forward to coming back to work with the pupils again."