Drama plays an integral part of school life and we welcome involvement from all pupils.
For the GCSE course, pupils develop acting skills, create original works of theatre and interpret scripted drama. Studies include regular opportunities to perform to an audience and the chance to take part in workshops from visiting theatre companies.
Pupils who wish to continue their drama studies can choose to take A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, which encourages in-depth development of performing skills coupled with a fascinating exploration of drama theory and history. A Level drama also gives pupils an opportunity to perform, devise and direct, and develop practical experience of a wide range of theatrical genres.
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) Programme
A vibrant LAMDA programme also exists for those wishing to study speech and drama. Recent results have been outstanding with the majority of pupils achieving distinctions for Acting and Verse and Prose exams.
Major Productions and Live Theatre
Under the expert of guidance of professional actor turned Director of Drama, Maria Jackson, the department runs an ambitious extra-curricular programme. This typically sees the drama department putting on three major productions per year: a Senior Play in the Autumn Term, a School Musical in the Spring Term and sometimes a Fourth Form production in the Summer term. Recent productions have included L'Atelier, Les Miserables, Our Country’s Good, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors and an outdoor performance of Alice in Wonderland.
Our most recent production in 2017 was We Will Rock You. View the video below to find out more...
Productions are staged either in our Hall, a 400 seat auditorium, in our professionally equipped studio theatre which can seat up to 120 people or outside in the park.
Live theatre is a vital part of enjoying drama and all pupils are taken to see a wide range of productions both locally and nationally throughout the year. Recent trips have included Frantic Assembly’s Othello, the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors andSophocles' Antigone.
Such is the passion for drama that pupils regularly lead their own projects. In recent years, pupils took a very successful production of The Press Ganged Fool to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.