On Tuesday the 19th April, 20 students from the year 9 GCSE Drama class visited the Donmar Warehouse for the start of an exciting new project.
Over 12 weeks the students participated in the ‘Take The Stage’ project. Run by directors at the Donmar Warehouse, four schools were asked to create performances in response to Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’. Brecht’s play chronicles the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition. The play is an allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. During our workshops, we had lively discussions about politics, teenage suffrage, power and conflict.
On Thursday 4th May we spent the day with the Donmar team taking part in writing workshops. In the evening we saw the production of ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ starring Lenny Henry. If you follow our twitter feed you will already know that it was a very special night with performers and audience members commenting on how inspiring it was to see our students getting involved in the production. Their intelligence, maturity and passion inspired us all. At the end of the play audience members are asked to go onto the stage if they object to Arturo’s rise, every single one of our girls went on to that stage to make their opinions clear.
We now have 9 weeks to create our own piece of theatre that will be performed at The Donmar, I cannot wait to see what these amazing young women have to say.