Year 12 Exam Pieces.

Before the Easter break, the Year 12 AS students presented their exam pieces to the visiting examiner from Edexcel. We don’t know the marks at this stage but we do know that the performances were packed out and that the audiences at the shows were extremely impressed with the quality of the work being presented.

This year we had three plays on offer: the hilarious, yet powerfully poignant ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber, an intense and experiential production of ‘Marat/Sade’ by Peter Weiss and an emotionally naturalistic production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Sparkleshark’.

A massive well done to all of the students involved. They all showed such maturity and hard work and the entire process of creating the plays was a joy from start to finish!

Below is a gallery of photos from the productions. Thanks as always to Mr Andy Thomas for the excellent images, copies of these are available from Calcots Photography: http://calcots.co.uk/

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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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By Aslan’s Mane!

Rehearsal for our production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is in full swing with the screams of battle echoing around Ogstoun on a regular basis as the cast practice their swordplay… Here’s a sneak peak at a part of the 7 foot tall Aslan puppet being built in one of our classrooms by Mr Parker and his occasional group of helpers. The puppet still needs his hessian skin and fur adding but he’s certainly starting to look rather exciting. I might add some pictures of his enormous body (currently hanging from the ceiling of one of our classrooms in Ogstoun!) to the blog at a later date.

The show takes place on 4th, 5th and 6th December.

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.

Year 12 AS Theatre Studies in London

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Just before half-term we took our Year 12 AS Theatre Studies students away for our annual tour to London. We visited Aldro School where our students showed a production of Robin Hood that they had created especially for the occasion. Then the Aldro School pupils enjoyed taking part in a workshop given by Gordonstoun staff and students. A huge thanks to everyone at Aldro for hosting us, it was a lovely way to start the trip.

Of course whilst we were in London we took the chance to see as much live theatre as we could fit in. Seeing ‘The Woman in Black’ is always a part of this trip and greatly enjoyed by everyone (although a few students spent some of the time cowering under their coats in fear!). We also saw ‘Matilda’ and The National Theatre’s stage version of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

As well as goinig to the theatre to watch shows, we also took a guided tour of The Globe Theatre and then walked all the way across London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Theatre Exhibition… with a walk of nearly six miles we took in the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Green Park, the Wellington Memorial, Buckingham Palace and The Mall… some described it as the only Exped ever done in the centre of London!

Another highlight was going to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios to see the sets, props and costume used in the films. It was fascinating to see the detail and effort that went into creating the magical world of Hogwarts!

It was a great trip and everyone gained a great deal of experience, whether by taking part in performance, seeing live theatre or just by learning and understanding new and useful things for their A-level course.

Dramatic Presentation for the Duke of Edinburgh

At the beginning of the Summer Term I was asked to put together a presentation for an extremely important guest as The Duke of Edinburgh made a private visit Gordonstoun. Writing a piece about the Duke’s time at the school was a wonderful and fascinating project and reminded me of the incredible history that Gordonstoun has developed in a relatively short time! The school has changed in many ways since the 1930’s, but we’re still proud to hold our Founder’s vision in the highest esteem. Working with our students to create this piece in such a very short time, reminded me that our motto Plus Est En Vous becomes more relevant, the more stressful the situation! A MASSIVE well done to all of the students from Gordonstoun and from the Junior School who worked so hard with the readings and with the final image that was built up so beautifully to represent the incredibly broad curriculum we offer here at school.