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Drama and Dance

Drama

Drama is delivered as a discrete timetabled subject in Upper School, and also it is often used in lessons across the curriculum to facilitate learning.

At Key stage 1 and 2 Drama is delivered by class teachers and assistants in rehearsals for productions, or across the curriculum within other sessions such as literacy, story telling in library sessions, role-play, speech therapy, history.

The Drama Studio was refurbished using Arts College funds in 2008; with new stage lighting, and a new sound system and PA system. The Drama studio is used for Drama lessons, rehearsals and performances, and related drama workshops with visiting professionals.

The Sensory drama room was also created seven years ago using Arts College funds. It is fully equipped with specialist lighting, UV light and blackout, Optibeam, Sound System and Projector. The room is used to create a magical Christmas Grotto every December, and then it is made into a set for multi-Sensory Drama each Spring Term when the whole school works on a shared Topic; in Spring 2015 it became an African Jungle, and in Spring 2016 a scene from the North Pole.

All pupils participate in a drama performance at least once in every key stage. KS1 and 2 alternate each year to perform the Christmas play; while KS3 work on a Spring or Summer production alternate years.

Visiting Professionals

Every pupil attends at least one visiting theatre company performance or session with a storyteller each year. The three companies who work with us each year use an immersive multi-sensory approach giving pupils access to the drama through visual stimuli, sounds and music, tactile props, aromas, and even tastes.

'Bamboozle' theatre company have been working with us for over seven years, delivering a PMLD production each January and an SLD Production in June. They have also delivered staff training sessions. See their website (external link).

‘Interplay Theatre’, company deliver high quality Multi-Sensory Performances, and have delivered several for us over past years including ‘Spit Nolan’ and ‘Precious Bane’. They will be delivering ‘Harold and Maude’ to upper school students in Summer 2016. See their website (external link).

We also have a long term partnership with Birmingham based Riverside Theatre Company, who have delivered Drama workshops, Assemblies, as well as Theatre Performances. Recent performances have been ‘Rainbow Fish’ and ‘I am Special’. In 2016 they will be performing ‘Elmer’ for lower school. See their website (external link).

'Armonico’ Theatre company have delivered a week long residency for the past three years with different groups of KS3 pupils. A Composer and Actor work very creatively with pupils to improvise music and drama to create a performance at the end of the week.

Over recent years we have worked regularly with ‘Image Musical Theatre Company’ who involve the audience through participation in the songs, choruses, and parts of the acting. They often use large puppets as props, so bringing the performance alive for pupils. Recent performances have been ‘Toms’ Midnight Garden’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’. See their website (external link).

Classes have also recently worked with Richard Hayhow of ‘Open Theatre Company’ on mime and physical theatre, and Richard has also delivered staff training sessions. See their website (external link).

We have also worked with students from Birmingham school of acting, and Sandwell College Drama department, who have delivered performances, and face painting sessions.

Dance

Dance is delivered as discrete modules within the PE curriculum, but movement and dance are used across all subjects, especially within music and drama lessons where relevant to the topic.

Pupils at Victoria school have attended many performances by professional Dancers and Dance companies with dances from many cultures; including dancers from Sampad, 'Chitraleka' dance company, The Dance Xchange, 'The Lions of Zululand', Japanese dancers, Spanish Flamenco Dancers, Greek Dancers, Belly Dancers.

Dance Club

Dance Club runs weekly during lunchtime. Pupils have performed at special events within school, for example ‘The Circle of Life’ Dance during our Africa Topic Day in 2015.

Dance Club also performed outside of school in the Birmingham schools Dance Festival on World diversity Day in June 2015.


Richard Hayhow.
 
The Lions of Zululand.

Zulu workshops.
 
Zulu dance.

Haka Dance Troupe.
 
Haka dance workshops with Dance Xchange.

Rainbow Fish with Riverside.
 
Sensory Drama room 'Africa'.

Key Stage 2 play in 2014.
 
KS2 Christmas Play 2014.

Armonico Theatre Company.
 
Dance Club.

Australia topic drama work.
 
Australia topic drama session.

Bamboozle PMLD Show 'Meadowland'.