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Company in residence
Throughout the last academic year, RoughHouse Theatre has been
the Bolton Boys’ Division’s theatre company in residence. RoughHouse, comprising Moira Hunt and Shane Morgan (pictured below), have collaborated with boys in Years 7
to 9, devising drama from topics drawn from the wider pastoral curriculum. RoughHouse Theatre were commissioned to produce a new, original piece of theatre based on the boys’ work in these sessions.
RoughHouse Theatre have facilitated whole afternoon sessions on race, democracy, justice and law using verbatim theatre techniques and have explored skills designed to create a physical language to investigate these complex topics
and to develop pupils’ ability to establish informed, thoughtful viewpoints. Boys have worked in various collaborative dynamics from small group work through to stylistic experimentation and development as a year group, appraising examples of boys’ work.
Miss Naomi Lord, the Boys’ Division Director of Drama, said, “Cultural learning of this sort provides
our pupils with the opportunity
to explore what it means to be
a member of their immediate community and to actively
engage with important trends in social politics. Partnerships with professionals from the creative industries bring new and varied approaches to applied learning, as well as a sense of contemporary arts production and career pathways. RoughHouse have brought boundless enthusiasm to this project and boys have collectively bene tted from their methods and their energy.”
Smokey Joe’s Café
Thames Christian School, London, pupils took to the stage to perform the musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Café at The Grand in Clapham Junction. The fast paced show features 39 pop standards written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues style. The original Broadway show won a Grammy Award in 1996 and was the longest running musical revue in Broadway history with over 2,000 performances!
The school’s production showcased the musical talent of pupils
and brought much laughter to
the house with some hilarious touches added by director and choreographer, Alice Holsgrove. Songs included Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, There Goes My Baby, Spanish Harlem and Jailhouse Rock.
They were accompanied by a band led by Thames Christian School music teacher Dr Paul Mitchell who, with professional singer Madeleine Holmes, coached the vocals.
The show was well attended by parents as well as pupils from two local primary schools who came along to be inspired for their own productions.
36 Music, Dance & Drama
Town taken over by Flashmob
Falkland Square in Poole came to a stop one summer Saturday morning when it was taken over by a Flashmob of Yarrells’ School children. They performed three dances, over two performances on the day, showing their skills dancing in a group and as individuals. Lots of parents, members of the public and Yarrells’ staff joined in with one of the dances as did staff from the local shops.

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