‘’Theatre can transform a child’s life…..because it opens the door to a life-long experience, a life-long enjoyment.’’
Drama enhances students’ artistic and creative abilities. Studying drama requires emotional maturity and gives pupils a deep understanding of themselves as performing not only involves using their voices and body language, but also emotions and creativity, and consequently can engender a deep sense of self-esteem. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in the real world as it fosters self-discipline and confidence and develops skills in interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making. It is team-oriented rather than hierarchical.
In year 7 pupils will learn what makes a good mime performance, techniques to gain insight into a character, how to use improvisation techniques and their imaginations. In year 8 they will learn about Character Development, Melodrama, Greek Chorus and take part in a film project.
In year 9 Pupils will learn to improve and hone previously learnt skills alongside being introduced to more dramatic conventions and techniques. They will learn to write their own scripts and be asked to take a more rigorous part in critical analysis as well as extending performance skills.
In Key Stage 4, the theatre, plays and characters, devised performance and scripted performance will be studied.
‘’All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.’’