iServi News | 10 May 2019 | Term 2, Week 2
On Sunday 28 April Kelly Chapman (OLS3) and Aucelia Ateli (SE6), Year 12 ATAR Drama students, were given the opportunity to attend an acting workshop with acclaimed Canadian director Peggy Shannon, who is currently in Perth to direct WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts) acting students in the play ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ by Andrew Bovell.
“The workshop was held at WAAPA and explored rehearsal techniques to help the actor move and speak more freely. Using games, strategies, and movement, we explored various key concepts relating to Drama practitioners Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki (who we study in our Unit 3 course). These techniques we will be able to apply to our upcoming exams and were also simply…fun! This was an amazing opportunity that Aucelia and I embraced enthusiastically, found extremely beneficial and incredibly enjoyable!” – Kelly Chapman (OLS3)
Both girls, when returning to school, passed on their learning to the Year 11 ATAR Drama students by running 2 lessons of practical workshops. At the end of each activity they were able to outline and link these activities to key theory, which was clear they now understood on an entirely different level.
As their teacher, this was a proud moment to watch my students taking ownership of their learning and engaging in curriculum in such a tactile, passionate way. I have no doubt this memorable experience will stay with these students for a long time.
Following this workshop, the combined class attended the performance of ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ on Monday 6 May at the Roundhouse Theatre at WAAPA. The performance received jaw-dropping reactions from all students, with some even saying “This was the best show I have ever seen, and I think I will ever get to see in my life”. The Year 12s will now go on to study and perform a section of this text for their Unit 4 course, with the Year 11s eagerly awaiting the chance to do the same when it is their turn in 2020.
Mrs Morgan Navarro
Teacher – Drama