‘Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage’

Exciting times!

A brand new initiative between KEGS and four other Chelmsford secondary Drama Departments – Hylands, Chelmer Valley, Boswells and Sandon. We are all taking five of our Year 9/10 Drama students to see the same production on Tuesday 16 June (‘Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage’ at the Arcola Theatre, London), to inspire new ideas for students’ own practical work and imagination, and in order to vary the styles and content of live theatre referenced for GCSE Drama written work – to avoid the ‘obvious’ productions which lots of GCSE Drama students always see, and to develop the scope and sophistication of students’ work.

We are going to meet up two days later at Boswells for a deconstruction and discussion of the production.

“On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to “out” him as gay. This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of intrusion following the deaths of several young residents. Working with Gareth himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies – Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales – have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.”

Read these reviews, go and see the show yourself – ‘Time Out’ has given it four stars – and post here whether you agree or disagree with the critics…

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/mar/01/crouch-touch-pause-engage-play-review-dynamic-study-of-coming-out-and-trauma

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/11423338/Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage-Sherman-Theatre-Cardiff-review-.html

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/review-crouch-touch-pause-engage-8816179

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/crouch-touch-pause-engage

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