As part of their GCSE Drama course all pupils need to have seen at least one live performance, which they then evaluate in the written component of this new syllabus. Last year, students went to see their Component 3 set text, Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ at the Queens’ Theatre. In addition to this experience, this year we were delighted to be able to invite, into the academy, the acclaimed The Paper Birds Theatre Company to perform their award winning production of ‘In A Thousand Pieces.’ All Year 10 and 11 GCSE Drama pupils watched the performance and then were privileged to take part in a workshop led by Georgie one of the actors. In this session, they explored verbatim theatre and movement through motifs. The performance was challenging in its theme but pupils gained a lot from it – inspiring their own devised performances and an even stronger understanding of Brechtian techniques.