Drama works on many levels: our emphasis is the aesthetic but we do not ignore the social aspects of our discipline and it is through this that we can foster the atmosphere from which great creativity can flourish.
We aim to offer a wide ranging and stimulating syllabus that encourages performance and an understanding of Drama. All students work solo, in pairs and in larger groups and are encouraged to realise the academic side of the subject, not just in a written sense, but also in a practical sense. We aim to ensure that every student that studies the subject has the opportunity to think of themselves as an accomplished practitioner of the dramatic art.
The department aims to create, understand and appreciate a variety of theatrical genres, alongside developing social and communication skills. Students will explore the history of theatre from the Greek’s to contemporary performance practice through text and improvisation work. Whilst working on dramatic projects they will learn to work together imaginatively and cordially. This will enhance their negotiation skills and those associated with presenting an argument or an idea to their peers. Showing these performances to the rest of the class will improve their self-presentation and increase their confidence in this most necessary aspect of personal development. Working like this, students will also develop their voices for everyday and theatrical use, and learn to make the most of their capacities for physical expression.
Drama is based in the Antony Barnard Theatre, a 230 seat theatre with a green room, workshop and prop and costume store.