IMG_0238IMG_0343‘All the World’s a Stage and all the men and women merely players’ by William Shakespeare -  As You Like It

Drama is an art discipline that is taught to every pupil in Key Stage 3. Our aim is to enrich students’ perception of drama and the role of the Theatre. We explore timeless themes within plays and or society and aim to create new and challenging experiences through the role of the imagination.

We have two large drama studios, one on the Chatham House site, primarily used for teaching KS3 and a much larger working studio at CCV1 where the GCSE, AS and A Level  Theatre Studies is taught.

Drama is a popular option at GCSE, where students further their knowledge of theatre practitioners: Stanislavsky /Brecht and theatre genres: Theatre in Education/Theatre of Cruelty. They also devise their own piece of theatre as well as perform a piece of scripted theatre. Public performances of GCSE pieces of theatre are performed in the drama studio in preparation for their drama exams.

The drama department undertake many Theatre Trips through the year to see varied and diverse work performed in different styles of theatre and place as well as inviting theatre companies to come in and workshop with our students.  These experiences are vital to students learning as they formulate knowledge about the industry and its cultural role.

AS and A2 Theatre Studies is also a popular choice for students who wish to pursue a degree in Drama as an arts discipline, or who want to extend their knowledge of the Theatre. Many of our students have taken up places at Central School of Speech and Drama, St Mary’s University, Rose Bruford and Jaque Le Coq school of mime. If students wish to pursue drama in education, opportunities are afforded to them to observe lower school drama teaching and support in delivering part of the lesson.

Every year the Drama Department works very closely with Music and Art to produce and deliver whole school productions, where we encourage as many students as possible to audition. School productions are popular and well supported, with more than 50 cast members bringing their own unique talent to the process.

The Drama Department is also involved in Outreach programmes with local primary Schools.

‘In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self respect’   Percy Bysshe Shelley