It is hoped that the pupils will learn something about group co‑operation, physical control, oral/aural competence as well as something about basic drama skills and creativity.
In order for the pupils to become accustomed to the gradually increasing demands made of them and of the growing self-control they need to exercise as a consequence, the department attempts to deliver structured lessons so that the pupils can see the acquisition of drama skills as progressive.
The Middle School Play (for Years 7–9) takes place in the
Summer Term and is an opportunity for pupils to consolidate the skills acquired in Drama lessons by taking part in a major production as a performer or member of the backstage crew.
In Year 7, the techniques covered will include: freeze framing, stage movement, approaching scripted text, mime and creative movement, chorus work and improvisation.
In Year 8, the techniques covered will include: creating a role, non-verbal communication, developing improvisational skills, chorus work and developing scripted work.
In Year 9, pupils will continue working on collaboration and devising. There will also be some opportunity to work with scripts and develop characterisation. Dialogue and monologue will be focussed on in one module.
Performing Arts Scholarships are available at 11+ entry.