Crunch time performance for drama exam students

Students at Northallerton College rehearse for their A-level drama performance, from left, Grace Lynn, Kate McQue, Bridie Conlin, Amy Southam, Jessica Mills, Kate Harrison, Ben Spence, Dominique Triggs, Zac Murfitt, Ellie Coleman and Sophie MacArthur. (S)
Students at Northallerton College rehearse for their A-level drama performance, from left, Grace Lynn, Kate McQue, Bridie Conlin, Amy Southam, Jessica Mills, Kate Harrison, Ben Spence, Dominique Triggs, Zac Murfitt, Ellie Coleman and Sophie MacArthur. (S)

STUDENTS from Northallerton have tackled their exams with dramatic effect after staging one the most vital performances of their studies.

An official examiner joined an audience of family and friends as Northallerton College students put on a show-stopping A-level performance.

Eleven students performed two plays – 100, by the Imaginary Body, and Top Girls, by Caryl Churchill – with 20 per cent of their final exam mark at stake.

The students have spent months rehearsing and developing characters to show off the variety of dramatic skills they have developed at the college.

Head of drama Neil Stimson said: “Performing before an audience helps them forget there is an examiner out there.

“He would have judged them on characterisation, connection with the audience, voice and movement and I’m sure they did very well.”