Drama is a curriculum subject for all students in Years 7-9. Students study a wide range of topics, including an introduction to key skills, Ancient Greek theatre, mask, mime, Commedia dell’Arte, Shakespeare, stagecraft and a dramatic exploration of the Derek Bentley case. Lessons are taught in purpose built Drama studios, where students have access to professional lighting, sound and projection equipment in order to aid their learning.
Drama is available as an option choice at GCSE and A Level. We follow the Cambridge IGCSE course, and the Edexcel A Level course. Students can be assessed in performance or performance support (costume design, lighting design, set design or sound design). We ensure that all students have an effective grounding in the work of a variety of practitioners, including Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff and Artaud. Students will also experience a wide range of styles, including working with techniques used by Frantic Assembly and DV8.
Beyond the curriculum the Department runs a range of Drama clubs, activities and visits. We also stage two major extra-curricular productions each year. These are open to all students, and are an important and valued part of the wider life of the school.
Head of Drama: Mr A. Williams [email protected]