We take drama very seriously here at King’s Worcester. Curricular, examination and co-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 the 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.
We offer technical theatre and design as an option alongside acting and directing at every level. Each year we perform ambitious pupil productions to full houses, as well as more intimate performances supporting the work of our GCSE and A-level pupils. 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 our 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.
We enjoy 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.
- Technical Theatre Clubs, which are opportunities to work backstage with an experienced set and technical theatre director.
- The major Senior School production for Year 11 upwards.
- The annual summer production for Year 7 and Year 8.
- Annual entry in to the National Theatre Connections Festival with the King’s Theatre Company.
- Annual participation in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
- Removes Drama Club for Years 9 and Year 10, which is an opportunity to continue the development of drama and theatre skills, often culminating in a performance.
- LAMDA and Speech Lessons for all years, offering one-to-one or small group tuition with the opportunity to gain LAMDA accredited awards. For all those interested in acting, drama, musical theatre and public speaking.
- Bronze Trinity Guildhall Arts Award for Year 7.
- Silver Trinity Guildhall Arts Award for Year 9.
- Gold Trinity Guildhall Arts Award for Year 12.
- A programme of performances by visiting actors and practitioners.
- A programme of visits to London and the provinces to plays, musicals, and workshops.