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The Drama Department:
Drama is a busy and thriving department at the Royal High School and alongside our academic programme, we offer a wide range of co-curricular activities including clubs, workshops, school productions, theatre trips and Speech and Drama coaching. Many of our Speech and Drama students are entered for LAMDA examinations and Mid-Somerset Festival Competitions, achieving excellent results in both. Most Royal High School students get involved with our co-curricular activities at some point in their school life, either on stage or behind the scenes with the backstage crew.
Drama Scholars can expect to benefit from:
- A Scholars’ performance evening
- Professional Theatre workshops
- Trips to the theatre
- Regular group meetings
- Ongoing guidance and technical support
- Typically, a specialist scholarship is worth a 10% remission on the tuition fees. In certain cases, an Honorary Scholarship may be awarded, and whilst there is no monetary benefit, girls have full access to the Scholars’ programme.
The Expectations of a Drama Scholar:
Scholarship holders are expected to lead by example and to be committed and active members of the Drama community at the Royal High School. Scholars should study the subject to at least GCSE standard and regularly participate in productions. We encourage our Drama Scholars to be proactive in taking up opportunities to broaden their dramatic experiences in all areas, which could include acting, directing, script writing or technical support.
Drama applicants will be asked to prepare and perform two short extracts, one of which should be taken from a booklet provided by the school. The second piece can be either of the candidate’s own choice or from the booklet as well. The selected pieces will ideally demonstrate some range or contrast. Each audition piece should be a performance and not a recital; candidates are expected to demonstrate both their movement and vocal skills during their audition. The applicant will also attend a short interview with members of the Drama department staff.