Exploring the sounds of spirituality

QE’s youngest boys enjoyed the opportunity to express themselves in a drumming workshop during a visit from a visiting theatre company.

All 180 boys in Year 7 took part in the event, with half in a whole-morning session one week and the remainder having a similar session the following week.

The workshop, which was on the School’s chosen theme of Expressions of Spirituality, was led by the Iroko Theatre Company – a London-based group which aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of African culture and arts.

QE’s Head of Religion & Society, Jack Robertson, said: "Iroko provided us with a very exciting and educational day. Besides having some fun and expressing their creativity, the Year 7s learned a great deal about music, theatre, and the connections between different forms of spirituality across the globe."""

Mr Robertson added that comments from the boys included:

·         "I had an amazing time. I learnt a lot about how to make a story more interesting to listen to. I can't wait to try out my new skills.”

·         "It was great seeing so many people all creating a song together with about forty-five musical instruments."

·         "The Iroko Theatre Company was inspiring. They taught us about African culture, music and theatre. I wish every day was like that."

The Iroko Theatre Company, which takes its name from an African tree, was established in 1996 by Nigerian-born actor Alex Oma-Pius.