Backstage at American Idiot

There’s so much excitement here at the theatre as everyone prepares for the opening night of American Idiot. The final dress rehearsal is this evening and the cast are busy getting ready backstage!

The show looks AMAZING and everyone involved has worked so hard to get it ready for the performances which take place tomorrow night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. This is going to blow the roof off Ogstoun!

Trinity College Exam Success

Congratulations to the cast of Coriolanus who were assessed for a Trinity College London Exam during their recent performance at Eden Court as part of the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival.

The group achieved Grade 8 with Distinction in the ‘Plays in Production’ exam.

This is a great achievement, the grade required to achieve distinction was 85/100 marks and the group achieved a total of 92/100.

Well done to them.

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Year 13 Touring Theatre

The end of November is that special time of year when our Year 13 students take their Children’s Theatre Tour to local primary schools.

This year has been no exception with two plays – ‘Lola’s Magic Toybox’ and ‘Parachute’ touring to the primaries. As well as the usual plays aimed at a younger audience, this year we’ve tried something slightly different with one play – an adapted version of ‘Coriolanus’ touring to an older audience at secondary schools.

All of the plays were extremely well received. As always, we are very grateful to the schools we visited for letting us bring our work.

It’s always fascinating to see the great work that comes out of this project. The year 13 students were very successful in the creation of the pieces and it’s brilliant that they are able to share their work with our local community.

Here are some slideshows that give a flavour of the work from each group…

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Lola’s Magic Toybox

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Parachute

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Coriolanus

Year 10 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our annual Year 10 Shakespeare has been ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

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What a fantastic cast these Year 10 students were during the entire process of the rehearsal!

Everyone listened carefully to the direction they were given, they learned their lines when they were asked, they worked together fantastically well and did as they were asked in every rehearsal, then performed brilliantly on the night! what more could I ask? The entire process was great fun for me and hopefully fun for them as well.

Well done to everyone in the cast and thanks to everyone who helped out with rehearsals, tech and costumes.

Here’s a slideshow of pictures from the production…

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe… The Pictures…

Here are a selection of pictures from our Christmas production of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. If you would like a copy of any of the pictures they are available from the very talented Mr Andy Thomas at http://calcots.co.uk

It was a great show and everyone worked so hard to get it all together in the midst of such a busy term. The audiences were lovely with full houses for every performance. Students, parents and guests all enjoyed the show and we were exceptionally pleased to welcome Tilda Swinton and her family, a really exciting moment for the cast – performing one of Narnia’s most beloved tales to such an extremely talented actress and perhaps the best known White Witch of all!

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Backstage at The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

After all of the long months of planning and rehearsal, last week saw our production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe hit the stage! Whilst we await the pictures of the show itself, here’s a slideshow of pictures taken before the show and backstage. Thanks to Will B. for taking the shots, they give a bit of an idea of what it’s like to take part in one of the large scale productions for which Gordonstoun is so well known!

Images of the show itself will be up here very soon!

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Great Shows in the Ogstoun Theatre

We’ve had two great touring shows brought to the Ogstoun Theatre by professional theatre companies this term. The first was Robin Hood brought to us by Visible Fictions. This highly energetic show which was both funny and moving gave the students a chance to see the kind of high energy and yet thought provoking theatre can be toured with a small cast and a simple but effective set. The play was wonderfully performed and our students no doubt left the theatre with loads of new ideas for their own work..

The second touring show was One Giant Leap by Wee Stories. This one man show was a mix of engaging theatrical performance and science lecture. One Giant Leap taught us all kinds of new facts about the universe and man’s ever developing understanding of it and showed how a one man show with a set that fits in the back of a transit van can still be thrilling, fascinating and full of clever technical effects. The high production values and brilliant delivery really captured our imagination.

Both shows were greatly enjoyed by their audiences of A-level and GCSE Drama students and and pupils from Aberlour House.