Bringing exam text to life

Todmorden High School year 11 students Persephone, Tom, Madeleine, Alex, Joe, Balenji and Susannah staged their own production of 'An Inspector Calls'
Todmorden High School year 11 students Persephone, Tom, Madeleine, Alex, Joe, Balenji and Susannah staged their own production of 'An Inspector Calls'

A group of seven year 11 students from Todmorden High School produced an independent performance of “An Inspector Calls” earlier this term.

The group has been studying the text for their GCSE exam and felt that by putting together this performance they would be able to gain a deeper understanding of the play, which would help them prepare for their exams.

Persephone, who cast the roles, directed and performed in the play, said: “Our English teacher, Miss Fountain, suggested some students put together a performance. It sounded like a great idea so I held some auditions and cast the roles.

“Putting together this performance allowed us to learn and prepare for the exam in a fun and fulfilling way.”

The group performed their piece for fellow students, parents and staff.

Assistant headteacher Linda Ferris said: “I have recently seen a professional performance of this play and I can honestly say that the standard of acting from this group of students rivalled those I saw in that production earlier this year.”

The group worked for eight weeks to learn the script and rehearse the play during lunchtimes, after school and in their own time.

Student Alex said: “I decided to take part in the performance partly due to my interest for the play and also my passion for acting. I felt that to thoroughly appreciate the play, I needed to do more than just study the text.

“I hope that through taking part in this performance it has deepened my understanding to help me achieve the best grades possible.”