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In October, Year 10 and Year 11 experienced the GCSE English Literature ‘AQA POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY CLUSTER’ as a live piece of dramatic theatre. The aim was to give a dynamic, well-spoken performance, adding life, character and atmosphere to the written word and, most importantly, give a voice to the poetry.

Poems are meant to be heard, not just to read or studied and by bringing the text alive, lifting the words off the page, Manactco stimulated ideas for discussion and analysis, inspiring the hopeful, young imaginations of Brownedge.

Max Martin, a Year 11 student, said, ‘Manactco’s exuberant performance of Power and Conflict helped mould and develop my ideas about the poems such as Exposure by Wilfred Owen and the power of nature on the men fighting in the hellish trenches.’