Drama Department News

The Drama Department at Kirkintilloch High School have been incredibly busy, as always, in the past few months. We have enjoyed some tremendous performances already including the annual Higher and Intermediate 2 Presentations, Twelfth Night as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and Advanced Higher presentations.

This year’s Higher/Int 2 candidates were given the theme “Decline and Fall” and came up with a series of original dramas. This evening event was hugely successful and all the pupils were an absolute credit to the department and the school. Needless to say, every one of them passed that assessment with flying colours.
Twelfth Night
The department were delighted to be involved, once again, with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This project allows pupils to engage positively with this most important playwright using 30 minute versions of his most famous works. In the past we have presented “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” and this year fancied something a bit cheerier so opted for “Twelfth Night”. A group of S2 and S4 pupils took up the challenge and rehearsed tirelessly from August until the performance date in November. The pupils involved really enjoyed the experience of working with professional theatre practitioners in a real theatre. This year’s event was held in The Platform, a new venue in Easterhouse. Following the success of this event, we decided to have another evening performance at school. The pupils played the comedy for all it was worth, earning huge guffaws from the audience and very positive feedback. We will look forward to the opportunity of taking part in this project again.
Finally, this session has culminated in the Advanced Higher pupils performing their Devised Drama. Each year students are provided with a range of themes from SQA and have to create an original piece of theatre. This year’s students, Jonathan Taylor and Claire Surgeon, decided to focus on their acting and storytelling, creating a compelling and heart breaking drama which explored the disintegration of a relationship following the death of a child. We are always amazed at the maturity and focus of our young people but this year’s duo has exceeded our expectations in every way. The audience were instantly drawn into this tense and uncomfortable atmosphere, fascinated by the horror unfolding in front of their eyes. You could hear a pin drop in the assembly hall.
We are extremely proud of the achievements of the young people in the Drama Department and look forward to keeping you updated in 2013.