Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama is a popular subject, and the Drama Department supports girls as they grow in confidence and challenge themselves and their audiences into new ways of thinking. Our aim is to inspire and invoke an appreciation of Drama beyond the boundaries of each girl’s imagination.

Head of Department: Mrs Kirsty Richardson

Girls at Downe House are encouraged to widen their knowledge of performance styles as well as take an active role in engaging fully with performance and theoretical aspects of Drama.

In the Lower School, pupils study a wide range of topics to expand their vocal and physical skills as well as their performance terminology. By exploring performance work through devising their own theatre, producing polished improvisation performances and tackling scripts, the pupils benefit from being exposed to a wide range of styles, genres and performance opportunities.

GCSE Drama is a popular subject option for the Lower Fifth (Year 10) with many pupils electing to expand their experience of performance alongside their appreciation of live theatre and set text exploration. The course allows exploration of a range of stimuli supported by rehearsal and performance techniques.

Drama and Theatre Studies is taught at A Level where an in-depth study into practitioners and performers encourages a new approach to performance, taking into consideration the directors’ and designers’ perspective. We boast a considerable percentage of pupils who take up places at prestigious drama schools and universities followed by successful careers in a number of areas of the creative arts.

We believe that the AQA syllabi provide pupils with extensive knowledge and understanding of theatre and find that the structure of the course allows pupils to work independently and collaboratively to explore their creative passions.

Further information about the teaching and learning of drama may be obtained by contacting Mrs Kirsty Richardson, Director of Drama and Dance richardsonk@downehouse.net

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