Bell Shakespeare Program 2021
During Week 2, Year 10 Drama students participated in the Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program under the direction of Chris Tomkinson. Throughout the week, a series of workshops allowed our students to delve into the dark and complex world of Shakespeare’s famous ‘Scottish play,’ Macbeth. Their hard work culminated in an extremely engaging performance on Friday evening in the Drama Space.
This year we are celebrating 10 years of a highly successful partnership between our school and the Bell Shakespeare Company. Year after year it is a wonderful to see the growth and learning that takes place. Congratulations to our students on your commitment, energy, creativity, and teamwork!
Thank you to Mrs Amy Perry and Mrs Chris Woods for their hard work throughout the program and thank you to our parents who joined us via a livestream.
If you missed the livestream and would like to watch, you can view a recording here:
Ms Anna-lea Russo
Head of Drama
Below are some reflections from Year 10 students about their learning experiences during the program:
“This year we had the privilege of taking part in the Year 10 Bell Shakespeare workshop. During this experience we learnt valuable skills to give us a deeper understanding of Drama. Some particular lessons we learnt were vocal musicality, pulling at the vowels and using consonants like knives, using emotion in physical and vocal elements and how to use blocking on stage.”
Teresa Youn and Ella Cave
“A week full of hard work but also fun was had working with Chris from Bell Shakespeare. He taught us many new ways to interpret text and how to bring forth it’s meaning through different art forms such as performing on stage.”
Ella Taylor-Harvey and Lizzie Heilman
“Throughout the week with Bell Shakespeare we learned multiple skills including how to breathe, make eye contact with the audience and convey the true meaning of the Shakespearian language which all culminated in a successful performance. Our highlight of the week was the excitement of the hours leading up to stepping out on stage, and being able to work with such amazing people.”
Charlotte Rigney, Lucy Deloughery and Mia Hallinan