Drama (extra curricular)

The Drama department aims to develop a passion for drama, theatre and performance in our students. We encourage students to look at theatre in the context of history, culture and society, always through the lens of an open, inquiring mind. Through Drama, students develop as performers, technicians, directors and critics but also as speakers, listeners, empathisers and team players.

Facilities/resources:

The Drama department consists of the Drama Studio and the department office, which also operates as a Sixth Form seminar room with whiteboards, seating and a desktop computer. Our spacious studio is decorated in large black box style, with an equipped lighting rig, data projector and raked, retractable seating. School performances, including the House Drama competition, take place in either the main School Hall (seating 750) or the Drama Studio (seating up to 100). The department is home to a large in-house store of props and costumes and an extensive library of play texts.

What we do:

Our Department is not about ‘stars’: in the words of one of our Year Eleven students, it is about a ‘big Drama family’, an ensemble of creativity, ideas and hard work. Many of our ex-students return to help out with performances and see their younger friends on stage.

The extra-curricular programme includes a December main house production, a Junior production in the Summer term, the House Drama competition and Junior Drama Club.

Recent productions include ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Gatsby’.

Please read more about academic Drama lessons in the ‘Academic’ webpages.

Staff:

Head of Drama:  Miss G M Spring

 

Trips:

The ideal position of the school opposite Coventry train station enables trips to Birmingham and London, in addition to the excellent local programme at the Coventry Belgrade. Students have recently enjoyed ‘Richard III’ starring Martin Freeman; ‘War Horse’; ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and the award-winning Frantic Assembly’s interpretation of ‘Othello’. Younger students take part in a range of theatre trips as part of the English programme. In addition to live theatre, A Level students attend a yearly programme at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, learning from renowned academics about original performance conditions through seminar teaching and workshops.
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