Drama is taught from year 1-6 by our drama teacher, Jody Cook. The school’s reputation for excellence in drama is growing! In the summer of 2015, the school was invited to represent Lockleaze to express the views of the community by performing a play ‘Three Miles North’ to Local Councillors and other community partners such as the Police. The project was led by Angela Athay Hunt from The Theatre Orchard. On completion of the project, Angela described the children at Stoke Park as ‘the most confident’ she had worked with and effusively complimented the children on their rehearsal skills and performance.
Another exciting development for Stoke Parks drama stars this year is that it was selected as one of only six schools to work with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre on the Playhouse Project. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 took part in the project where they were able to work with directors from the Old Vic to produce a play that was written by a professional. The show was greatly received by all that came to watch it. Following the performance, Bristol Old Vic have expressed an interest in working with Stoke Park further.
Here are some quotes from people who attended the show:
“It was such a pleasure to have you guys here- the young people are so fabulous and were so professional. You should be very proud of what you and they achieved! They are utter superstars!” Siân Eustace, Young Company and Participation Producer at The Bristol Old Vic
“I thoroughly enjoyed Space Unlimited and thought the children did extremely well in their roles and did not seem daunted by being on stage in one of bristol’s most famous theatres! I want to say how impressed I am at the commitment of the children and families in preparing for the play, attending rehearsals, learning their lines and putting so much hard work into making the performance so enjoyable. Great thanks must also go to their drama teacher Jody for making it all possible, she is a great asset to the school and has contributed to Stoke Park becoming a Centre of excellence for performing arts, we are all so proud of the school’s achievements!” Councillor Gill Kirk,
“We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were very impressed with the acting skills of those involved. The playlet was original, lively, a wonderful showcase for our local talent – and often very funny. it was clear that everyone had been able to contribute to its development and that this was about co-operation and sharing. There is some real talent there and it is clearly being nurtured very effectively. The way in which the playlet involved children of all ages in a range of roles, some speaking, others dance or music focused, and thus enabled those with different skills to showcase their talent without being too ‘starry’ was excellent.” Councillor Estella Tinknell
Jody Cook has also launched Absolute Drama! which will provide children with further opportunities to become involved in drama outside of school. For more information, please speak to Miss Cook or visit the website: http://www.absolutedrama.com