It’s been a busy year for the Drama department in school; the year started off with the senior drama musical Guys and Dolls with Ryan Gillian, James McDowell, Michael Lee and Gavin Murphy landing lead roles. The leading ladies were played by Charis McRoberts and Aine Gordon from Victoria College. Then it was the junior drama club’s turn to perform in front of the whole school with the annual Christmas play. There was also a surprise performance from Jacob Baird with his wonderful rendition of The Night before Christmas. Jacob also represented the school earlier in the term at the Northern Ireland heat of the BBC Off By Heart Shakespeare competition with his dramatic interpretation of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice.
In March, the GCSE Drama Year 12 class performed their devised thematic piece – This is England, ‘11 based on the riots in England last summer. The external moderator and audience alike were very impressed by the boys’ interpretation of the events. While in April, junior drama boys performed the roles of Lord Pirrie, Thomas Andrews and Dr John Simpson during the primary school Titanic Day.
To end the year off, both senior and junior clubs put together an entertaining programme of songs and scenes form contemporary musical theatre for the summer drama recital which featured pupils from VCB. This event was a great success featuring show stopping performances from Les Miserable, Grease and West Side Story to name a few. There were also hilarious monologues from the musical Blood Brothers with Charlie Bedi as ‘Mrs Johnstone’ and Adam McDonald as ‘Mickey’. Some of the boys will be performing again during the Celebrating Success in English and Drama awards ceremony on the 20th June in Christchurch. The boys collectively decided to donate some of the proceeds to the ‘Chest, Heart and Stoke Foundation’ which was greatly appreciated.
During the year the pupils also attended a number of performances including Of Mice and Men and The Tempest at the Mill Theatre and An Inspector Calls and Blood Brothers at the Grand Opera House. A number of boys also attended a comedy workshop sponsored by Clear Pharmacy in the Lyric Theatre.
RBAI Drama Society