It is the aim of the Drama Department to nurture and nourish a lifelong love of drama and theatre, during this process the pupils will also employ many transferable skills that can be used in everyday situations and help prepare the way for future life. Pupils will take part in Drama from Nursery up to Year 9 as part of the curriculum and pupils can choose to continue studying Drama and Theatre at GCSE and A Level.
Skills developed through drama:
- Problem-solving – drama provides the opportunity to experience, challenge and resolve dilemmas, look at why things happen and how things could be done differently to change the outcome.
- Communication – drama is completely dependent on the effective communication of ideas, feelings, imagination and intellect through facial expression, body language, speaking and script writing.
- Information handling –stimuli from multiple media (e.g. diary extracts, letters, artefacts, photos, newspaper clippings) that need to be structured to work properly within the dramatic art form.
- Organisational skills – organising scripts, rehearsals, set design, costumes, make up, lighting and sound are all important aspects shaping a successful piece of theatre.
- Inter-personal skills – the majority of drama work will involve working with others at a highly co-oerative level. Social skills, flexibility and commitment are required and the success of the drama is rooted in a positive group dynamic.
- Join Drama Clubs that meet at lunchtimes and after school
- Take part in community-based drama productions, such as the Lichfield Mysteries
- Perform in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival
- Visit the theatre to see professional performances
- Take part in practitioner-led workshops by actors, directors and experts in sound, lighting and set design
- Write theatre reviews for the weekly school newsletter
- Stage productions at School
- Continue studying Drama at GSCE and A Level
Recent large-scale, whole-school musical productions at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield include: Oliver!, Grease, We Will Rock You, Blood Brothers, Return to the Forbidden Planet, You, Me and Yesterday.
We alternate these music theatre productions with operas. Recent productions include Dido & Aeneas and Orpheus in the Underworld. Our next production will be La Belle Helene by Offenbach on 1st and 2nd July 2016 at the Rose Theatre Rugeley.
GCSE and A Level students regularly stage productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Metamorphosis, and smaller-scale showcases of their work. Senior students participate in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival and pupils of all ages contribute to community arts projects such as the Lichfield Mysteries, Noye’s Fludde and Zimbe!