The Drama Department
Drama is taught throughout the school from First Form to A Level.
It is part of the core curriculum in the First and Second Forms, and an option in the Third Form. Approximately 40 students take GCSE Drama each year, and around 10 go on to include Theatre Studies amongst their A-level options. Results are consistently exceptional: last year 100% of A2 Theatre Studies candidates achieved an A*-B grade and over the past 3 years on average 97% of GCSE candidates achieved A*-B grades. The department also supervises students who choose to follow the EPQ programme in an arts-related area.
Extra-curricular drama is a great strength in the school, with a busy programme of termly theatre events. The department currently stages three main shows a year along with regular presentations of examination pieces and student-directed work, plus an annual Monologue Slam in front of a panel of professional theatre directors, casting agents and actors. There are very strong links with the Music department with a musical staged biennially. There are also numerous drama, dance and puppetry clubs for various year groups and opportunities to be trained in technical theatre with the Theatre Technician.
The department is currently preparing for this term’s production of the hilarious Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging followed by an open-air staging of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing in the Summer, set in WW2. Past productions have included: Coram Boy; Annie; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Winter’s Tale; The Producers; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts 1 & 2; Hamlet; The Crucible; Anything Goes; The Tempest; West Side Story; Les Miserables.
This year the department is also working towards taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival next summer, following national success at the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough and two hugely popular Puppet Theatre shows at the Brighton Fringe Festival. A large number of students have also successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre in previous years.
There are frequent trips to local and national theatres and regular visits by theatre and film practitioners and professional touring companies. Performances take place in the both the Drama Studio, opened by Dame Judi Dench (who is also the patron of the RGS Summer Festival) and in the Concert Hall, which is transformed into a professional theatre space by our Theatre Technician. The department has superb contacts with a range of professional artists working in the theatre and film industry, many of whom are ex-pupils now trained as actors, writers, directors, designers, and agents.
Course Summary and Specifications
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