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, enquiring 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 small tutorial room with whiteboards, seating and a desktop computer. Our spacious studio is equipped with a 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’: our students call it 'a 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 two full scale productions, the House Drama Festival and Drama Club. Students are also involved in technical support, assistant direction, costume, hair, make-up and plenty more.

Recent productions include 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Lion King Jr.', 'Into The Woods' and 'The Great Gatsby'.

Please read more about academic Drama lessons here.

Staff:

Head of Drama:  Miss G M Spring
Teacher of Drama: Dr R Coull

 

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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