Performing and Creative Arts Faculty News

Inspired to look at the world in a new way

On 15 September 2016, Year 10 photography students visited the MIMA art gallery in Middlesbrough to learn from a variety of exhibitions on show. An exhibition entitled ‘extra{ordinary}’ comprised of photographs showing the extraordinary things to be found in the ‘reality and surreality of everyday life’.

They also gained insights from art featuring local history and the experience of refugees caught up in the current refugee crisis. This inspired the students with new ideas for their own projects, based around places and environments helping them, as one student said, to ‘look at the world in a new way’.

grow-upGrow Up Grandad

The Year 10 Drama group visited the ARC Stockton Arts Centre in Stockton on Thursday 8 September 2016 to watch a production of Grow Up Grandad, directed by Gordon Steel. The performance was fantastic and took us all on a rollercoaster of emotions. The student’s behaviour was impeccable and they represented the Academy brilliantly. A much deserved and enjoyable trip for both staff and students!

masksYear 8 drama students are changing their faces

All students in Year 8 are taking part in a series of mask lessons. They will learn how to use their body language and gestures to fit the emotion of the mask that they have chosen. Some students were a bit scared of the masks to begin with but now they love using them.


Year 10 can’t keep away from the theatre!

A visit to the ARC Stockton Arts Centre has been organised for Tuesday 15 November 2016 allowing students to visit the theatre again. Year 10 students will this time be watching the production, Fish Eye. The play is a dark comedy which shines a light on the way in which surveillance has invaded every area of our lives and will be a fantastic piece of work for students to see.

Drama workshop with Theatre Alibi

Theatre Alibi who are contemporary storytellers, creating work for all ages, from Exeter travelled to Freebrough Academy to run a two hour practical workshop on Thursday 13 October 2016 for Year 10 students. The students explored story-telling, music, relationships and created short performances about surveillance. The workshop was fantastic and students learnt new and effective ways to devise scenes.

Upcoming event – A Christmas Evening

The Performing and Creative Arts faculty will be holding their own Christmas Evening on Thursday 8 December 2016. There will be music and drama performances, arts and craft stalls, food and drink, Christmas festive games and a special visit from the man himself…Santa. Entrance is £1. Music and drama performances 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm & arts crafts, stalls and games 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm.