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Students at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy are treated to drama masterclasses

Year 10 drama students at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy were recently treated to exciting workshops put on by Highly Sprung, a performance company which works to inspire children and young people to develop learning, skills and ambition through high-energy physical performance.

Led by Mark Worth and Ben Morley, Director and Associate Artist at Highly Sprung respectively, students were introduced to a whole new world of performance and rehearsal styles, such as exploring how to perform text without using the text itself, and learning how to tell stories using their entire repertoire of old and new techniques.

In exploring the vast, dynamic world of physical performance, the workshops were designed to not only provide the essential video evidence required for their VCert Performance Skills qualification, but also stretch and challenge their imaginations, and show what it truly means to be a professional performer.

This kind of learning experience works to develop the skill set of students beyond the classroom environment, something which the school’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), actively encourages and supports through its Enrichment Charter, a policy which provides opportunities for a wide variety of out-of-classroom learning experiences.

Staff and students alike had a phenomenal time during the workshops and Cliff Park looks forward to welcoming Highly Sprung back for the 5th year running in 2018.

Mark Worth, Director of Highly Sprung, said:

“We worked all the students really hard and they responded brilliantly. With topics inspired by ‘Metamorphosis’, the two days flew by, and the work created was of a very high standard.”

Ben Morley, Highly Sprung Associate artist, said:

“It has been great watching the group go from standing back with their arms crossed, to throwing each other across the room and trusting each other to take their weight!”

“We were both really impressed with the hard work all the students put into their performances.”

Tamsin Poulter, Principal at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, said:

“This was an absolutely fantastic opportunity for our drama students and I’m pleased to say they grasped it with both hands.

“Providing out-of-classroom learning opportunities is really important to what we do at Cliff Park, allowing young people to develop their skills, talents, and character through all sorts of exciting activities.”

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