A Frankenstein Project - Workshop's 1 & 2
Selected students from Ambergate Upper School are taking part in a Frankenstein Project.
This new project began in November and involves students taking part in the development of a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.
On the 9th and 23rd November, GANF students were involved in script development sessions. Michael Wicherek, Artistic Director of Box Clever Theatre in London, along with two professional actors, came into school and worked with a group of students to start and share the process of adaptation. They looked at the plot, characterisation and language in the script, with a view to what they think will work on stage. The sessions involved active participation with students working with the actors to bring the words to life.
Workshop 3 - Louth
Following on from our initial visits in November from The Box Clever Theatre Company, GANF students were then invited to attend ‘The Gathering.’
‘The Gathering’ was a special workshop held at Riverhead Theatre in Louth.
The workshop involved students from each of the participating schools - Haven High Academy, King Edward VI Grammar School and Ambergate Sports College. The students were assessed and marks were given at the end of the first stage of the project.
The Box Clever team had already visited each of the schools to begin the process of adapting the novel into a 60 minute adaptation for the stage. The special workshop in Louth provided an opportunity for the company to present the first few pages of the emerging draft.
The students also had the opportunity to collaborate with their counterparts from the partner schools to develop the script further and to critique what had been achieved to date.
It was a fun, informative and rewarding session.
After Christmas, there will be one further session in school prior to returning to the Riverhead Theatre for the first rehearsal reading of the first draft of the play in March 2017.
This project aims to further enhance the student’s knowledge of the English and Drama curriculum, focussing on self-confidence, team work, empathy and employability skills.
With special thanks to the Box Clever team: Michael Wicherek, David Ajao, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Dominic Fell, Rob Welling.