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Cirencester Kingshill School pupils get curious

GCSE Drama pupils at Cirencester Kingshill School were treated to a week of curious activities. It began on Monday 11th September 2017 with a workshop ran by Frantic Assembly, the Movement Directors of the National Theatre's acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The session was run by actor Naomi Said and recreates key moments from the award-winning production. Pupils were put through their paces with some energising warm-ups before working on a range of physical theatre techniques such as group lifts and hand duets. Naomi was impressed with the professionalism and creativity of GCSE pupils and plans to return to see their finished devised performances.

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Carson Marion, a Year 11 pupil said “These techniques will be extremely useful for our GCSE pieces and written exams because we will need to analyse and use these techniques”.

Simone Averiss, a Year 11 pupil said that “It was really exciting working with a theatre professional. We all had a great time.”

Pupil then had the opportunity to go and see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at the Milton Keynes Theatre.

Emily Stones, Head of Expressive Arts said “Pupils really benefitted from seeing the techniques they learnt in the workshop put in to practice on stage. The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is outstanding and was thoroughly enjoyed by all our pupils.”

Christine Oates, Head Teacher said “As a school we are fully supportive of this sort of firsthand enhanced learning. It is incredibly beneficial to pupils and a great way support them in their GCSE studies”.

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