Chiswick School shortlisted for ‘Outstanding School Drama Department’ Award 2022

Chiswick School say they are ‘delighted’ that the school has been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding School Drama Department’ award in the prestigious National Music and Drama Education Awards 2022.

Over the past few years the performing arts have thrived at the school, with staff saying it has emerged as a ‘real strength’. Performances have ranged from Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and many other original pieces lead by the Director of Performing Arts, Mr Robinson. A recent dance show involved over 70 students and included choreography by Georgia Knight.

The awards ceremony is in March and the school is planning many more productions before then.

They have just finished a production of Alice, which head teacher Laura Ellener said was:

“A brilliant show and wonderful collaboration with the art dept who helped create a spectacular set. As usual Tom Robinson makes the magic happen with some truly incredible young people”.

Image above: Production of Alice, December 2021

Chiswick School “Inspirational”

Laura Ellener said:

“At the end of the summer term we had a three week extravaganza planned for when Covid restrictions were lifted. Unfortunately this didn’t happen until the last week of term. Unfazed, we went for five different productions in the same week!  We have a mantra at Chiswick School ‘make it happen!’ and we do.”

Year 7 parent Professor Shahmanesh said:

“Drama, dance and music bring such joy and have such an important place in young children’s learning. After over a year of disrupted learning, where music, drama and other enrichment has been particularly hard hit, it was so wonderful for my twins to come to Chiswick and find such a committed team providing huge extracurricular activities in dance, music and drama.

“The enthusiasm with which my twin daughter and son have spent hours after school and weekends preparing for the dance show and now Alice is such a joy to see. I am truly grateful for the time, effort and enthusiasm the teachers bring to all these extracurricular activities. The team are inspirational. The quality of the end products (shows) have been wonderful. I, and my family, am overwhelmed by gratitude for the joy that the shows this term have brought”

Images above: previous performances at Chiswick school

Mrs Emmett the Director of Transition said:

“The school is oversubscribed for the first time in recent years and it has been great seeing the new Year 7 students get the opportunity to perform for the first time since year 4. It has also been lovely to see parents and carers enjoying seeing their children in such high quality productions.”

Images above: December 2021 production of Alice

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