Tough Topics Covered on College Stage

Year 13  Drama students recently took to the stage, bringing emotive subjects to life as part of their A Level examination.

The talented group of young performers showcased their efforts in front of a live audience and examiner, as part of their ongoing course assessments.

Tommy D'Cruz and Matt Stocker performing in 'Bent'
Tommy D'Cruz and Matt Stocker performing in 'Bent'

Hard hitting topics were explored by both groups of performers; Martin Sherman’s critically acclaimed play “Bent”, a piece of work highlighting the persecution of the gay community in Nazi Germany, was sympathetically portrayed by Tommy D’Cruz, Matthew Stocker and Tobias Finch. Zach Leishman, Holly O’Neill and Jake Bamford-Elsdon staged the controversial “Blasted” by Sarah Kane, which explores power play between abuser and the abused in a war-time setting.

Jake Bamford-Elsdon in 'Blasted' by Sarah Kane
Jake Bamford-Elsdon in 'Blasted' by Sarah Kane

Group performances were punctuated with individual monologues that completed the evening’s entertainment. The pieces will make up approximately 25% of students’ final marks.

Tobias Finch's dramatic monologue
Tobias Finch's dramatic monologue

Drama student, Zach Leishman, said of the evening: “It was a very challenging experience bringing both plays to life; there was a huge amount of exploratory process that happened in advance of the stage work. We had to immerse ourselves in the pieces, both performing them and writing coursework about them; it was incredibly challenging, but also hugely rewarding and satisfying seeing a page of a playwright’s work coming to life on stage.” 

Team Leader of Drama, Sharon Godfrey, said: "Year 13 were exceptional! They demonstrated true commitment and passion; their interpretations of very challenging texts were impressive and entirely professional. They were a credit to the College, but more importantly a credit to themselves!"

Drama Examination Year 13 Newton Abbot College Secondary School Sixth Form Ofsted Good 6
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