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  • Mr D Donaldson
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CCDC - Anti-bullying Performance - 25th November 2016

The Cullybackey College Drama Club acted out a dynamic anti-bullying performance on Friday, November 25th for Junior Assembly. The piece portrayed the effects of bullying both on the victims and the bully. The performance included strong movement pieces alongside a thought-provoking story that left the audience having to reflect on their personal choices when it comes to being a victim, being part of a bullying group or witnessing bullying.

Actors involved were Year 10 pupils: Dara Borges, Tamzin Murray, Sarah Courtney, Aoife Conney, David Atkinson, Jasmine McCrory, Josh Balmer, Ethan Bradley and Mark Orr. Sound Technician was Jack Wallace and Lighting was Ben Millar.

Script written and directed by Mrs C Drennan

Cullybackey College Drama Club - Anti-bullying Performance

Drama Club Update - 5th May 2016

The Cullybackey  College Drama Club (CCDC) has been busy rehearsing every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:40 on the play, “Why Drama?” 

The play has many lively teen characters that explore their feelings and thoughts about the relevance of drama as a subject.  Some love it, some hate it.  The character Stevie, played by Year 11 student Stephanie Coleman, thinks she hates Drama until she discovers her particular strengths as a writer of plays.  The play showcases dance, theatrical movement, dialogues, monologues and a song as the story unfolds and everyone in the audience hears the message that drama is about expressive communication as well as a journey towards greater levels of self-confidence and self-awareness.  The cast consists of thirteen Year 9 to Year 11 pupils and will be performed for The Buick and The Diamond on Thursday, June 16th as well as for our Year 8 pupils.

Director:  Mrs C Drennan

Drama Club Update

Drama Club Performance

The Cullybackey College Drama Club rehearsed for a Junior assembly performance that took place on Friday, November 20th at 9:00 A.M.

The students involved in the Drama Club are: Maia White, Stephanie Coleman, Abbey Moore, Caitlin Neely, Chelsea Robson, Charles McCready, Aimee McCully and Chloe Millar.  All these Year 11 students have always excelled in Drama activities in their junior years and were keen to be involved in any Drama extra-curricular activities.  The 12 minute performance  uses freeze frames, anti-bullying poems written by teens, a skit portraying the gang mentality of many teen bullying experiences and a dynamic song designed to empower the victim of bullying.  Directed by Mrs Caroline Drennan

Anti-bullying performance

Performing Arts Showcase

Report to follow.

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Drama Workshop in Cookstown - 15/01/13

On Friday, January 25th, 2013, five Year 10 Drama students went with Mrs. Drennan to an excellent Drama workshop given by Stephen Beggs from Bruiser Theatre in Belfast (producer). The workshop took place in the library of Holy Trinity College, Cookstown.

Stephen packed a great deal of dynamic Drama fun into the 1½ hours, pacing the students very well with a high energy workshop that was linked to 4 of the 8 books entered in the Northern Ireland Book Awards.

This was a cross community workshop with both Catholic and Protestant students working together harmoniously. Our Cullybackey group was represented by Chantelle Givens-Asquith, Shakiera Fletcher, Simon Evans, Naomi Reid and Connor Davison who all showed great maturity, a cooperative spirit and were creative in their decisions and choices as they moved through the various aspects of the workshop with the 3 other schools involved, Sacred Heart Omagh, St. Patrick's and Holy Trinity College.

Stephen gave excellent summaries of 4 of the books, inspiring many of the students to read them (me included!). He kept their attention well as he went from speaking about books to activities that would engage the children as a group or a team.

The beginning exercises were all designed to both warm up their bodies and minds as well as to unify the group. He then had students in groups, working with a leader student who had read the story, to work on a group freeze frame that told the story of an important moment in the book. The students worked well together and came up with creative ideas.

We all enjoyed the workshop and felt inspired to read at least one of the books. I for one intend to read "Wonder" by R J Palacio when Mrs. Armstrong is finished reading it!

Drama Workshop - 27/01/13

On the 27th January 2012, five Year 10 pupils, accompanied by Miss Neely attended a drama workshop at Holy Trinity College, Cookstown.

The workshop was arranged by The Arts Council for Northern Ireland and focused on the nominees for the Northern Ireland Book Awards. The workshops were facilitated by Stephen Beggs from Bruiser Theatre Company who led a warm up and discussed the nominated titles.

During the workshop the pupils explored four out of the eight nominees; Sektion 20 by Paul Dowsell, Arrival by Chris Morphew, Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (of Little Britain fame) and Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood.

In groups, the five students, DJ Brown, Alex Fleming, Joel Harris, Savannah Stirling and Kathryn Moore worked alongside pupils from Holy Trinity Cookstown and Sacred Heart Omagh to present tableaux (still images) from the novels, which detailed the most important parts, before they added action.

An enjoyable morning was had by all, learning about the novels nominated for the Book Awards and developing dramatic techniques in more depth.

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