People don’t realise how stressful Higher Drama is.
The rushing around getting your tech and dress rehearsals done; the learning of lines and studying of texts; the whole concept of making your ideas just that little bit more creative because it’s HIGHER you’re sitting; the stress behind making sure everything is done and ready at a high standard for presentation.
I know what some of you are thinking. It’s drama. In the opinion of some, it’s not a real subject (when folk say that I have to stop myself punching them in the face).
Just getting up on stage and reading a few lines.
No. No it’s not.
It’s finding the confidence to get up on that stage, to research and develop your character to the extent that you become them, thinking about which lighting and sound would enhance the scene, how you would build tension, the impact you wish to make to the audience, introducing stage directions, remembering your lines and where you’re actually going, getting props, makeup, and costume all sorted, establishing links between your scene and everyone else’s, rehearsing until the thought of even performing makes you want to throw up, and then going on stage.
Our Higher creative pieces are being presented in a week’s time, so the pressure’s kicking in.
At Higher level, everything has to be either recorded, evaluated and analysed. The workload is extraordinary, and the people who take the mick for being so ridiculously stressed over it do not realise this, and it bugs me.
We are very lucky though as we’ve been blessed with fantastic facilities and fantastic teachers.
Eccles and Taylor are just brilliant.
They’re the most caring, lovely teachers I’ve had.
That’s the thing about drama, you’re part of a family. You’re working with everyone to create something that will be of benefit to others, whether it be to entertain, to educate, or tell a story.
That’s what’s best about drama, and what makes it a real subject.