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Drama at Anson

 

Anson Primary School embraces the Arts in education. We believe that the dramatic arts in particular are a perfect marriage for a vision of happy, confident and creative children. 

 

We give them every opportunity to shine.

 

In studying drama the children develop their skills in storytelling, their oracy, their ability to collaborate and they become more confident. Drama also builds our six learning behaviours of collaboration, risk taking, independence, thinking, resilience and aspiration. 

 

 

In order to give the children aspirational access to the industry we work with Finding the Will, The Unicorn Theatre, Wizard Theatre and Illyria to bring drama to Anson. 

In 2021 we worked with the Unicorn Theatre on an ambitious project. While the country was in lockdown we joined together with the theatre to help develop a new play, Marvin's Binoculars. 

 

A group of children met with the writer and director, Justin Audibert, three times a week to work through the play from the eyes of a 9-year old. Every session was recorded with the key moments and tasks shared across the whole school on Seesaw and Google Classroom. This meant that every child had the opportunity to submit their ideas and these were built into the final play. You can see some of their work below.

The final show was performed at a number of schools in the Summer Term of 2021, a digital version was also recorded and you can see it on stage in 2022 at the Unicorn Theatre in London. 

 

The school is immensely proud of the way drama was used to connect children, explore their emotions, inspire their creativity and give them a voice. We were closer as a community despite being physically further apart than ever. 

Marvin's Binoculars

Every pupil is given the opportunity to perform on the stage every year they attend Anson. Even though parents are invited to attend their child's assembly, all assemblies are recorded. This means that working parents can watch their child's assembly and everyone can relive the magic. 

 

We also use the assembly footage for our annual OSCAR-style celebration - The Annies.

 

The Annies

 

Anson Primary School celebrate the work of the children on the Anson stage, behind the scenes and on camera. In an annual showcase event, the whole school votes for their standout performances of the year. The teachers adorn themselves in their finest clothes and, in a spectacular ceremony, the winners are announced. The celebration is always a highlight of the year. 

The Annies 2020

This is the annual celebration of the performances from the stage at Anson Primary School.

Finding The Will

 

Every year, during Shakespeare Week we work with Richard and Jules from Finding the Will to bring one of the Bard's plays to life on the Anson Stage. The children in lower Key Stage Two take part in workshops during the first 4 days a of a week and then perform the play in the afternoon of the 5th day. The whole school is focused on Shakespeare during the week and it is a celebration of his work and the children of Anson. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The children worked with Richard and Jules from Finding The Will to learn and perform this much-loved Shakespeare play in just 4 days. The play within a play, a highlight of the Bard's work, is one of the standout moments of this performance.

Technology on the Anson Stage

 

Our large screen and projection allows us to be innovative with backdrops and sets. Some classes use it as a simple Powerpoint backdrop with images and video playing. However, we've also seen flying ghosts, the mummification of Pharaohs and Gummy Bear fights on the screen as part of the shows. This video demonstrates innovative use of technology on the Anson Stage. 

Hansel and Gretel Scene

Teachers as Actors

 

It’s not just the children who get involved, with members of staff taking to the stage. In the past they have performed Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and A Christmas Carol to packed houses. While those days may be behind us, the footage lives on.

Teachers as Actors

It’s not just the children who get involved, with members of staff taking to the stage. So far they have performed Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and A Christmas Carol to packed houses.

Aladdin: the Anson Panto

A Christmas Carol by Anson Primary School

Anson Primary School: Jack & the Beanstalk

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