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29th Nov, 2021

Drama students take on racism and violence against women in exam pieces

Sarah Mason 11th Nov, 2021

DRAMA students at Solihull Sixth Form College are set to take on racism and violence against women as part of their practical exam.

The second year A level Drama and Theatre students have been researching, creating, and developing an original piece of Drama for their Component 2 practical exam.

This year, the practitioner they have been studying is The Paper Birds, a contemporary theatre company that incorporates verbatim material to address social and political issues.

The students have been split into two groups. One production tackles the ongoing issue of violence against women, incorporating recent court transcripts, combined with original content.

In the second production, personal stories and experiences have inspired the production in which audiences will witness a montage of real-life situations where racism is rife.

Drama teacher Nadia Kouhi said: “The students are tackling very difficult subject matter and they are doing so with maturity.

“They are working very hard to produce original productions that will make people think.

“They will be under pressure because not only are they going to be performing in front of friends and family, but they are being assessed on their performances and that will go toward their final A level grades.”

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