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Drama

Drama is a thriving and exciting department within the school offering pupils opportunities to get involved in a range of activities from performance to stage design.

Drama is taught to Years 7, 8 and 9 once a week and is a very popular option for GCSE. Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 is also offered which is an academic as well as performance orientated course. At both GCSE and AS/A2 level pupils explore not only acting but also Stage Design such as Lighting, Sound, Set, Costume and Make-up. Both courses present the pupils with further chances to perform arresting and interesting drama from scripted pieces to devised work such as the Theatre-In-Education project. The curriculum benefits from professional theatre companies coming into school and delivering workshops, such as Gecko and The Shakespeare Project.

The Drama Department organises Theatre Trips as well as a busy extra-curricular programme of clubs and activities and school productions are a highlight of the school calendar.

Alongside full-scale whole school performances there is an “Evening of Drama” provided by The LAMDA exam candidates and an Inter-House Drama Competition, “The Gadesden”. These two events are non-audition based to ensure that every pupil, who wishes to, has an opportunity to take part in performance.

All performances within the school, whether Senior or Junior, are supported by our own in-house Technical Crew. This is open to pupils from Year 10 upwards who wish to participate in Backstage work including, Stage Management, Costume, Set, Make-Up, Light and Sound Design. As well as having a more intimate Studio space, we also have our own “state of the art” theatre with computerised lighting and sound boxes.

Recent GCSE productions have included:
“The Crucible” Arthur Miller
“House of Bernarda Alba” Federico Garcia Lorca
“Be My Baby” Amanda Whittington
“My Mother Said I Never Should” Charlotte Keatley

Recent A Level performances have included:
"4.48 Psychosis" by Sarah Kane
"The Bacchae" by Euripides
“Playhouse Creatures” April de Angelis
“The Trial” Stephen Berkoff
“Faustus” Christopher Marlowe
“The Gut Girls” Sarah Daniels
“Two Marias” Briony Lavery
“Attempts on her Life” Martin Crimp

We are delighted to have been recognised with the ‘Artsmark Gold’ award by the Arts Council for our “excellence in arts and cultural provision.” Click here for more information on Artsmark.