We choose the title of our annual Drama show at The Earls very carefully.
Firstly, it is a Celebration of all things Drama: scripted work, devised work, work that has been directed by members of staff work that has been directed by students, work that has been created during class lessons, work that has been created as part of our extra-curricular activities. Some of the pieces are funny, some of them are challenging- all of them engaged the audience in some way.
Then it is a Celebration of effort. I think anyone who came to the show would agree that at The Earls we are blessed with some very talented students. However, talent on its own will not get you very far. The students and the staff have worked incredibly hard over the last 7 months, in order to put this show together.
Also it is a Celebration of community. What we love about this show is that all year groups from year 7 to year 11 are represented. No one person is more important than any other. The students work together with the staff to create incredible work. Everyone is included. And everyone is valued for their contribution.
Sometimes we get asked why Drama is important. Why should Drama be on the curriculum? Why on earth do we go to the effort to put on this show every year? Drama is important for so many reasons. It is great fun, the ‘buzz’ you get from being involved in a project like this stays with you for ever, you make fantastic friends, but also it teaches the students lessons that will help them to go on and be successful in life, no matter what career path they choose. It teaches students to challenge the world around them, it teaches them to question, to work hard (very hard), to be part of something that is bigger than themselves.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Celebration of Drama event.