We are committed to fostering a love of drama by providing opportunities to shine both on stage and behind the scenes.
Drama is taught as a discrete subject in Years 7 to 9, teaching all students valuable performance and theatre-making skills, as well as inspiring creativity, building confidence and encouraging teamwork.
There are plenty of opportunities for acting, dance, original live music, puppetry and even film. Students contribute as choreographers, composers, designers, prop-makers, assistant directors, technicians and film-makers. We set high expectations and encourage a professional approach.
We have a fully equipped studio for class, club and small-scale performance work and our main school hall transforms into a professional theatre space for larger-scale performances and productions.
We run a very busy schedule of Drama productions and clubs for all age groups in Senior School.
Every student has an opportunity to take part in a main school production at some point during the academic year; other lunchtime and after school clubs vary from term to term but include:
- Year 7 Drama Club
- Year 8 Drama Club
- Year 9 Drama Club
- Backstage Club, Years 7-8
- Backstage Club, Years 9-11
- Tech Club, Years 7-8
- Tech Club, Years 9-11
Speech and Drama lessons are also available privately – these are taught in small groups or individually and lead to LAMDA exams.
Students develop their performance skills and an understanding of how to create effective theatre by exploring a wide range of theatrical styles and genres. These include mask work, physical theatre, storytelling, improvisation, mime and comedy; students work from scripts but also devise their own work from a variety of stimuli. They learn to consider the impact they wish to have on their audience and how to evaluate their own work and the work of their peers. Students are taught how to operate the sound and lighting equipment in the Drama Studio and are encouraged to incorporate technical elements into their work. Each term culminates in a class performance.
Students further develop their performance skills and confidence through status exercises, trust exercises, ensemble work and spontaneous improvisation. They explore a variety of texts and stimuli and use these to inspire their own pieces of original performance work which they perform to their peers regularly throughout the course, incorporating sound and lighting where applicable.
Students are given the opportunity to specialise by choosing from a selection of different theatre modules. Performance-based modules currently include: Stage Fighting, Choreography for Musical theatre, Text in Performance and Creating Visual Theatre. For those more interested in theatre-making rather than performance, we offer courses in prop-making and stage makeup. Every January we hold a Year 9 Creative Arts evening event in which we showcase work produced in all of the different Arts modules.