The Drama Department aims to instil in pupils a love of Drama whilst giving them the knowledge and understanding of the principals of Theatre.
There are three main activities that are explored in every lesson;
MAKING Drama – the ability to generate and shape Drama in order to explore and express ideas. This helps pupils to gain insights into people and society.
PERFORMING Drama – the ability to engage and communicate with an audience in a dramatic presentation. This also helps pupils to understand how to speak and present themselves and their ideas in public.
RESPONDING to Drama – the ability to express understanding, discernment and appreciation of Drama in all its forms. This also helps pupils to learn how to voice criticism and offer suggestions in an appropriate way.
Drama provides greater self-awareness and self-confidence. It can help pupils to develop the ability to make decisions and carry them out, and to work creatively and imaginatively within a group.
Forms One, Two and Three have a double lesson per week. The GCSE groups have two double lessons per week.
GCSE Drama is popular and successful. We follow the Edexcel Drama course which focuses on Drama Exploration, Exploring Play Texts and Drama Performance. In their final year pupils also stage a public performance to a visiting examiner.
The Drama department organises a variety of extra-curricular Drama, including lunchtime workshops and after school performance groups. Each year we take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, which provides a wonderful opportunity to perform on a professional stage. There are three productions each year, including a lower school play in the autumn term. Past productions include:
- Romeo and Juliet • The Canterbury Tales • Anansi
- Hard to Swallow • The Secret Dairy of Adrian Mole • Macbeth
- Chicken! • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • The Tempest
The Drama, Art and Music departments collaborate on many projects including an annual Arts Evening in May.