The Drama Department at King's is an academically successful and socially vibrant hub within the school community. Housed in the purpose-built performances spaces in the Keyes Building and also enjoying the use of the 300-seater John Moore Theatre, the department is enviably resourced with its inspiring range of industry-standard facilities and equipment.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is a practical, skills-based course. In a positive, supportive environment, pupils develop essential and cross-transferable skills, learning how to adapt vocally and physically to present themselves at their best in any setting. Interpreting text is a key part of the modules and there is also a strong emphasis on creating original drama. Through practising Drama, pupils learn social and group skills, develop their imagination, gain extra confidence and improve problem-solving and communication skills. At the same time, contextual understanding and subject-specific technical accomplishments are embedded for pupils wishing to progress to GCSE and A Level study.
GCSE Drama is an excellent course for those who wish to study a subject that is both highly creative and intellectually stimulating. There are options to focus practical studies solely on acting and performing, but there is also the breadth to study design or technical options such as costume or lighting. Pupils' own developing practical skills will underpin their interpretation of their set text for the written examination. Experiencing live theatre is also an essential part of the course and pupils will analyse in detail how the decisions made by theatre professionals shape the experience for the audience. The course has breadth and depth and is demanding of our pupils in a very positive way.
The A Level Drama and Theatre course combines an academic study of dramatic theory and the work of practitioners who have shaped the development of theatre practice, with the development of students' own practical skills. It is ideal for those who have a strong interest in drama and the theatre or have strong performance or production skills which they wish to pursue. Although GCSE Drama will provide excellent foundations, it is possible to take the A Level course without having studied GCSE Drama. Strong literacy skills are required as well as a high degree of artistic sensitivity. A Level Drama and Theatre students go on to follow an exciting and diverse range of pathways. Some naturally progress to Higher Education, winning highly coveted places to study drama further at university or drama school, others follow complementary paths in the Arts or Humanities, whilst others still use their exceptional presentational skills to give them an edge in competitive scientific or entrepreneurial fields.
Pupils who do not wish to study Drama at examination level, maintain strong links with the department. Individual speech and drama lessons are available from friendly and experienced teachers; pupils can take LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations in acting, improvisation, verse and prose, musical theatre or public speaking. All members of the school community are welcome to participate in our wealth of drama or dance clubs, activities and productions, or join us as an audience member in the John Moore Theatre or Wightman Studio.
Rehearsals after school or occasionally at weekends are an integral part of life within the Drama Department, as are regular theatre visits. Successful drama students quickly learn the value of commitment, dedication, hard work, and mutual support, as well as the unparalleled sense of joy and pride to be experienced as creative projects come to fruition.
- A range of full-scale productions staged each year
- Regular theatre trips including annual residential tours to London for Years Eleven to Thirteen
- Workshops and performances from visiting professional companies and performers
- Individual speech and drama classes and optional LAMDA examinations offered in December and July
- A range of drama and dance clubs for all age ranges
- Technical Theatre clubs for all years
- The opportunity to take Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award accredited by Trinity College London