There are a range of additional Drama opportunities for pupils who have a particular passion for the subject.
This takes place in groups of 6-8, and is available to Prep School pupils only. The main focus is on developing pupils' acting skills, specifically when working with scripts. This leads into preparing pupils for LAMDA acting examinations at the end of each term: the children usually enter for Entry Level up to Grade 2, depending on ability. During lessons, children explore different texts for performance, approaches to bringing a scene to life, as well as improvisations.
In 2016, 72 of our pupils took a LAMDA exam, with 61% achieving Distinction.
This is an after-school club for Years 5 & 6 pupils. Participants work as a company on developing their imagination, creativity and theatre skills. In the first term, the children develop techniques through improvisations and games. In 2017, terms two and three were spent rehearsing a piece of ensemble storytelling, which was performed for Reception (our plays were Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel). For the remainder of the third term, we work on acting technique (e.g. comedy, master-servant relationships, scene work and status), on making films, or other areas of the group's interest. This club is particularly suitable for pupils who enjoy making theatre with others, and are keen to develop their creativity.
Numerous other Drama opportunities are offered for enthusiastic and talented pupils throughout our calendar year. Recent events include an African storytelling day with local primary schools, casting workshops with Nina Gold Associates and Jina Jay Associates, and in-house performance opportunities at our poetry recitals, carol services, and school concerts.