The Drama Department
We are a successful and innovative department, which reaches into many areas of the school, developing the skills of the students and helping them to achieve their potential both academically and socially.
As well as teaching Drama in Key Stage 3, either discretely or through English, we teach OCR GCSE Drama and Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre. In addition, a wealth of extra-curricular activities is available, ranging from the school play to Shakespeare in Schools Festival at the Gordon Craig Theatre. Students are enabled to develop their interests, build new ones and gain experience in performance, design and technical support. Essentially, they are given the tools to work as a team, meet deadlines and develop self-confidence.
Junior Drama Clubs
Members of Year 12 run clubs during lunch times for Years 7 and 8. They organise a variety of Drama activities, including drama games, improvisations and performing short plays.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
This national event is run in conjunction with the National Youth Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Girls in KS3 are invited to perform an abridged version of a Shakespeare play; workshops are held and rehearsals take place. Finally they perform their piece in a professional theatre, working with the theatre’s technicians. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with the work of Shakespeare as it should be done: as live theatre.
Dramatic Arts Festival
A whole-school event, the Dramatic Arts Festival enables students to devise and perform a short play, accompanied by dance and music and supported by design, in competition with other year-groups. A panel of judges assesses and adjudicates the work and presents certificates and a trophy to the winning teams.
The main school play each year welcomes students from all year-groups to audition and participate. Girls may be involved in acting, designing and making props, set, costume or make-up. Everyone involved finds it to be an immensely rewarding and exciting experience. Recent productions have include “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase”, “Arabian Nights”, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and ‘Treasure Island’.
This year's production is 'Grimm Tales'; three twisted fairy tales adapted by Carolyn Duffy and Tim Supple. This production will take influence from immersive theatre and will ask the audience to travel on a journey with the characters. Tickets will be available in January 2017, with performances running on the evenings of February 22nd - 24th.
Click on the links in the left hand menu to view information about Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.