“ Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it…”Augusto Boal
A popular choice at GCSE level, girls study the Eduqas specification. Students experience a range of dramatic styles and techniques and are introduced to a variety of theatre practitioners, including: Steven Berkoff, Emma Rice and Joan Littlewood. Through workshop style lessons, girls are encouraged to reflect on their practice and take on the perspective, not only of the actor, but of the director, designer and most importantly, the audience.
Beyond the classroom
Alongside course study, we believe it is vital that our students experience a range of live performances by professional practitioners. To this end the department organises numerous visits to both local and London theatres as well as the chance to participate in enrichment through our own, regular school productions. Recently we have staged : ‘Annie’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’; ‘The Crucible’; ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Oliver!’.
We aim to build a passion for drama which is rooted in the development of both skills and self-confidence. We regularly enhance our teaching with visiting workshops from outside practitioners and professionals so students gain an insight into the industry. Each year, we offer an exclusive workshop season, open to all of our students and delivered by professional actors and directors, at the end of the Summer term.
In addition, we actively encourage and prepare girls to audition for established local and national opportunities in Drama such as: TRB Engage, National Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre and Monologue Slam.
Recent alumni have gone on to train at nationally and internationally recognised Drama schools and Universities such as: Central School of Speech and Drama, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bard College New York, The National Institute of Dramatic Art and both Royal Holloway and Goldsmith Universities. Many students go on to pursue professional careers in the theatre, television and film, both as actors and behind the scenes as directors, producers and technicians. Recent alumni have enjoyed careers in the West End and English National Opera as well as establishing their own theatre companies.