On 22nd March, the annual A-Level Performance Evening took place in Underhill Hall. This event was part of the preparations for the final acting exams which took place two days later. The classes had been working towards these pieces of theatre since January. The AS students performed extracts from three plays each based on the work of different theatre practitioners. The A2 class created a original piece of theatre in the style of docudrama – a type of theatre designed to education the audience about a specific topic. The audience was made up of current and former students as well as parents and staff who had all come to support all the students.
Firstly they saw a play called ‘Terre Haute’ by Edmund White which was based on interviews Gore Vidal undertook with the Oklahoma City bomber when he was in prison. This was followed by Steven Berkoff’s ‘East’, a dark play about the East End of London. Thirdly, the A2 devised piece was about male identity and how it is affected by different aspects of society. Last there was ‘4.48 Psychosis’ by Sarah Kane which is an episodic play that explores mental health. The whole evening was a great success and very beneficial for the students in preparation for their examinations.