On Tuesday 23rd September our Year 10 Bronze Arts Award students were given the opportunity to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan to view a performance of Kneehigh’s highly acclaimed ‘Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) ’. The opportunity was offered to students who are working towards their Arts Award Bronze qualification as well as studying GCSE Drama and served as a fantastic opportunity for them to collect evidence that will be relevant for Parts A-C of their Award as well as to experience a wonderful night of theatre in an interesting venue. After the show they were invited to stay and talk to the cast and company about the production which led to some thought-provoking questions related to the creative process of Kneehigh and the symbolism used within their work.
Based on the Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase impressed from beginning to end with power, emotion, creativity and absurdity. The extraordinary Kneehigh Company delivered exceptional skill as actors, musicians and dancers roaring their way through this twisted morality tale of our times.
The Arts Award runs at Richard Lander as an extra-curricular qualification for Year 10 whereby students are required to complete a four unit portfolio. The second unit requires students to visit an arts event. Our visit to the Kneehigh Asylum enabled students to complete this assessed unit by documenting their experience of the performance, the venue and the theatre company as well as gaining valuable experience viewing the techniques and artistic skill employed in a professional production that might be adopted within their practical work in the drama studio.
Arts Award student Naomi Lynham commented on her enjoyment of the evening remarking on “the amazing atmosphere of the unusual venue. It was such a polished production which highlighted really unique character portrayals and a wonderful sense of ensemble amongst the whole cast. Definitely the best production I have ever seen!”
The next step for our Arts Award students in pursuit of their Bronze certificate will be to take part in an arts activity and plan their own creative workshops that they will deliver to their peers within school in a creative discipline of their choosing.
Mrs. A. Nortje