Welcome to the The Drama Department. We offer a range of courses including GCSE, Theatre Studies A Level, and International Baccalaureate (HL, SL and CP), all of which are popular curriculum subjects.
All Year 7 and 8 pupils have timetabled drama lessons and opt for the subject from Year 9 onwards, before beginning their GCSE course.
Performance opportunities vary from year to year, but typically Year 10 to 13 students can expect to appear in the Autumn Production which is usually a classic (recent examples include Coram Boy, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Threepenny Opera, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Romeo and Juliet, Our Country’s Good) though ensemble work is invariably a feature. Devised, collaborative work like 2013's Victoria’s Last Music Hall offers an array of creative opportunities. This year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in a powerful piece, Some Foreign Field, that included Verbatim, Docudrama, a Punch and Judy version of the causes of the war, a Dada episode, social commentary, song and physical theatre.
Younger pupils enjoy a regular drama club run by theatre studies pupils and present work at lunchtimes. Recent performances include Revolting Rhymes and The Wind in the Willows. January 2016 Year 7 and 8 , lead by the Upper Sixth, will be producing The Thwarting of Baron Bollingrew.
Students are supported in auditions for National Youth Theatre and for Drama school entrance. We have student directors, designers, producers, writers, film makers, poets, singers and dancers, all of whom are encouraged to create their own work and to bring their skills to the fore in any number of scenarios. Many of our pupils pursue LAMDA exams to a very high level and we currently have students auditioning for national film companies and television. Many belong to local theatre groups and perform regularly outside school.
The Summer Musical is a principal event in the school calendar offering singing, dancing, acting, orchestra, design, technical and stage management roles to a very high standard. Recent productions have included Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Chicago, Guys and Dolls and was marked this year by our 20th anniversary production of Beauty and the Beast.