In the first two years we aim to develop:

  • the use of a range of dramatic forms to express ideas and feelings, with pupils responding creatively and constructively to a variety of stimuli
  • the ability to communicate effectively through the language of space, movement and words
  • imagination, characterisation, devising and performing skills
  • confidence in the pupils’ own abilities, particularly in the areas of independent working, verbal and non verbal communication and team work
  • evaluating skills of the pupils’ own work and the work of others

Staff and facilities

Drama is taught by a fully qualified drama teacher and is housed in a well-equipped studio.

Many of the school’s large spaces are used for extracurricular productions, including the Main Hall, Hallam Hall and the Quads.

Subject time per 10-day cycle

  • First and Second Year – one lesson

Drama in the Lower School

A number of drama skills are taught alongside each other throughout the curriculum. A new topic is taught each half term which will engage pupils with its narrative and characters.

Specific skills such as acting, staging, devising, or theatre genre will be taught. Pupils will work individually, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class.

In most lessons they will participate in active independent learning, to create pieces of drama which they, their peers and their teachers will evaluate. Developing skills such as teamwork, time management, focus and control will be integral to each lesson.

Co-curricular activities

Drama clubs are organised at lunchtime for the Lower School and backstage clubs are run on a weekly basis. Pupils can learn skills in lighting, costuming, make-up and set design.

Opportunities for acting are offered in both traditional and innovative school plays such as ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘Dreams of Anne Frank’; pupil-devised pieces such as ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ and ‘A Smorgasbord of Roald Dahl’ ; and large scale musical productions such as ‘Oliver!’, ‘Godspell’ and ‘Annie’.

Cast of Annie 2017

Cast of Annie 2017

Sixth Formers traditionally direct, organise and act a play at the end of the summer term. These productions are opportunities for leadership, teamwork and enjoyment. Recent plays have included ‘Blithe Spirit’, ‘Lend me a Tenor’, ‘Present Laughter’, ‘A Chorus of Disapproval’ and ‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’.

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