Once again it has been the time of year for GCSE Theatre Studies students to perform their devised pieces. This evening, the studio was filled with family members students of all ages, ready for a night of entertainment.

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

A Poison Tree, William Blake

In preparation for our pieces, at the end of Year 10 we were all given the poem A Poison Tree by William Blake. Full of imagery, we were able to draw many themes from the poem, and these emerged in the groups' performances. Throughout the course of our subsequent drama lessons, and rehearsals during lunchtimes and after school, the four groups developed their own stories and plots and came up with different characters, all with individual thoughts and feelings.

When the performance day finally arrived, Drama classes in Years 8 and 9 were given a preview. This afforded each group the opportunity for constructive criticism, making last minute changes as needed - and it also gave the audience an insight into GCSE Drama, as particularly Year 9 will soon need to think about this for their options.

When the time came to perform for a real audience nerves were running high among the performers. Thankfully a little pep talk from Mr Flower calmed us, and we were all raring to go. Each performance addressed a different concept, looking at insanity, cyberbullying and the effects of PTSD amongst others. The performances went well: the audience seemed pleased, and we were all happy with the outcome. We would like to give thanks to Mr Flower and Miss Dolder for all their assistance during this process.