Never have creativity, adaptability and cooperation been more important. Drama as a discipline is uniquely placed to help instil a number of qualities that are essential to future success in school, university and the great, wide world.

Curriculum drama begins in Year 7 with a weekly lesson of largely practical activities and exercises, including improvisations, role-play and some scriptwriting, but also beginning to look at the technical and design sides of theatre-making. As well as developing boys’ knowledge and understanding of performance, other skills encouraged and developed include confidence-building, leadership, creative expression, team work and communication in its various forms.

GCSE Drama provides a syllabus that is balanced between practical and written work, which is both internally and externally assessed. As well as the academic qualities of studying and analysing scripts and live shows, the combination of group work and individual responsibility that are essential for performance success ensures pupils develop significant and essential personal skills as well as gaining a good exam result.

Although live performance is a fundamental part of the course, that doesn’t necessarily mean acting. Most boys choose to develop their acting skills but there are always a few who want to learn about set or costume design, or work on the technical design elements of sound or lighting, taking advantage of our industry-standard facilities and qualified technical support.

  • Sixth Form

    IB Theatre, available at both Standard and Higher Level, is tremendously exciting and provides a real freedom to explore all aspects of theatre-making in a dynamic and practical way. As well as being introduced to a variety of ways of creating theatre, we explore the methodology and practices that lie behind theatre of different traditions and cultures, and see, and talk about, a lot of shows.

    The course combines the practicality of theatre-making with the theory and ideology that underpins its success. Thus research into the theory and history of theatre practice including practitioners, such as Artaud, Boal and Grotowski, and international theatre forms, such as Kathakali or Topeng Dance, is further developed through physical and practical work. Pupils participate in research, workshops, rehearsal and performance; fulfilling the roles of dramaturge, director, designer, performer and audience.

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