Bede’s GCSE drama devised pieces earn plaudits

March 15, 2017

On Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 March, Bede’s parents, pupils and teachers had the distinct pleasure of watching three original works starring, written and directed by this year’s crop of Upper Fifth GCSE Drama students.

The three ‘devised’ plays were staged as part of the group’s GCSE exam process.

Refugee, was produced and performed by pupils Grace Stannard, Firdest Karaca, Sean O’Gorman, Saskia Green, Darcy Bartlett and Connie Preston. The short and powerful piece, which explored the challenges faced by displaced peoples trapped in migrant camps, was emotionally challenging and imaginatively staged.

Thematically similar to Refugee, the deeply claustrophobic Boat starred Freddie Clemo, Alex Pendlebury-Bowe, Toby Sammarco, Jaz Wardle, Evie Horne and Isaac Drogba.  Featuring some powerful and effective mime work, the play saw a group of seaborne refugees battling changing ocean currents, the weather, and one another, with the audience invited to consider the moral conundrums faced by the group through startling moments of direct address.

The last play was from Kozma Prelevic, Tom McGovern, Matthew Moloney, Archie Reid, Joachim Vestergaard, Theo Silk and Mitchell Pledge whom staged their astonishing farce An Inspector Falls.

A satirical take on a murder mystery dinner, the group’s play saw audience members invited to dine with the members of a profoundly dysfunctional family – including its not-so-recently departed matriarch. With guests including a variety of detectives, from a psychic to a Holmesian sleuth to a 50’s-era hard-boiled private investigator, An Inspector Falls moved at a breakneck pace and saw its cast leveraging every last instrument in the comedy toolbox, from physical and prop comedy to dextrous verbal witticisms.

Bede’s Director of Drama Karen Lewis said of the three groups’ accomplishments, “I am so proud of the children, all of whom worked extremely hard. They really went the extra mile, pushing themselves far beyond the constraints of the GCSE exam syllabus – as anyone who attended the performances would no doubt attest.”