Drama is based in the Antony Barnard Hall, a 230 seat theatre with a green room, workshop and prop and costume store.
Drama works on many levels: the emphasis is on the aesthetic but the social aspects of the discipline are not ignored and it is through this that the atmosphere from which great creativity can flourish is fostered.
Aims and Objectives
To create, understand and appreciate a variety of theatrical genres, alongside developing social and communication skills.
To offer a wide ranging and stimulating syllabus that encourages performance and understanding.
To give all students experience working solo as well as in pairs and larger groups.
To encourage students to realise the academic side of the subject not just in a written sense but also in a practical sense.
To ensure that every student that studies the subject has the opportunity to think of themselves as an accomplished practitioner of the dramatic art.
Sixth Formers will explore the history of theatre from the Greek’s to contemporary performance practice through text and improvisation work. Whilst working on dramatic projects they will learn to work together imaginatively and cordially. This will enhance their negotiation skills and those associated with presenting an argument or an idea to their peers. Showing these performances to the rest of the class will improve their self-presentation and increase their confidence in this most necessary aspect of personal development. Working like this, boys and girls will also develop their voices for everyday and theatrical use, and learn to make the most of their capacities for physical expression.
Drama gives the chance to explore, in a dynamic way, complex social, personal and artistic issues as well as the emotions and ideas of the individual. It provides time and space to step into the other man’s shoes and see things from his point of view.
In addition to the course, the department aims to provide at least one opportunity per year for pupils to perform in a major production. Hundreds do and many more become involved in set-building, prop-making, lighting and sound as members of the Stage Crew.
A LEVEL DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES
Programme of study:
The Drama Department teaches the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies specification.
In practical and theory lessons students will study a range of different genres of theatre that coincides with theatre visits during the term. In the exploration of two different play texts students will study the approaches of key past and influential present directors, practitioners and theatre companies in taking a text from page to stage.
At the start of this term students will begin to explore different monologues and/or duologues to find a suitable and challenging extract for the section A of their performance exam. In practical lessons the students will begin the practical examination - a performance of a script of the groups choice and directed by the teacher.
When students return after examination leave they will begin the A2 level course and spend the last half term of the school year learning devising skills and researching different styles of theatre.
Students will begin devising for their practical examination at the end of term keeping detailed notes for their supporting evidence of a 3,000 word essay documenting their process and performance.
Students will prepare for their written paper exploring two plays from two different historical periods.
THEATRE TRIPS AND WORKSHOPS
With the diverse range of theatre on the doorstep in London, students are able to see a wide range of theatrical genres to practice their review writing skills for examinations and to inspire their practical work. A level classes will write at least three controlled assessment theatre reviews each term.
Workshops with professional theatre companies (such as Frantic Assembly, Splendid and Complicite) are arranged to develop students understanding of their working practices or theatrical genres.
Co-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCES
Co-curricular work in Drama is seen as essential to the success of the department providing opportunities for all students to take part in performances if they wish to. Every lunch time and each night after school there is a rehearsal of some kind taking place in the Antony Barnard Hall and frequently the dance studio too.
Each year there will be a range of opportunities for students to be involved in. Events include:
The department has three teachers and a team of technicians: