We take drama very seriously here at King's. Curricular, examination and extra-curricular activities enable pupils of all ages and abilities to gain experience of acting, creating and appreciating, through a blend of practical, intellectual and creative activities. We aim to educate and instil a love for the theatre and its varied art forms, whilst increasing and supporting confidence and creativity.
The department operates from the top floor of the Keyes Building where we have a black box studio: the Wightman Studio fully equipped to industry standard with computerised lighting, sound and projection facilities. We are next door to a fully equipped dance studio: the Crow Studio which has a sprung wooden floor and an integrated sound system. We also have the opportunity to use the John Moore Theatre which seats three hundred people and is also equipped to industry standard. The department has a significant stock of costumes, props, and scenery in addition to constructional facilities. The facilities and technical aspects of the drama department are overseen by our Theatre Manager who has extensive experience of the professional theatre. He is assisted by our Theatre and Events Technician.
Technical theatre and design is offered as an option alongside acting and directing at every level. The department mounts annual large-scale and ambitious pupil productions to full houses, as well as more intimate performances supporting the work of our GCSE and A Level students. Links with the industry are strong and there are regular workshops with professional practitioners and visits to theatres all over the country.
Individual Speech and Drama lessons and optional LAMDA examinations are available for all and taught through a dedicated team of LAMDA staff. The Drama department is served by the Head of Drama and a part time drama teacher. Dance is taught by our specialist part time dance teacher.
The department enjoys links with local theatres and other schools and colleges in Worcester. Residential trips to London are organised for both GCSE and A Level pupils, who benefit from an intense period of theatre-visiting, backstage tours and specialist workshops.