Drama provides a multitude of opportunities for children to develop skills in negotiation, decision making and communication.
It encourages pupils to think beyond the page, question the world in which they live, formulate their own opinions and develop self-confidence and creativity. Through the exploration of texts and various stimuli, pupils will have the opportunity to study human behaviour, walk in the shoes of others and examine historical, political, social and cultural issues. Drama supports both academic and pastoral development and nurtures important life skills.
Drama is taught for one hour a week to all pupils in First, Second and Third Form and at GCSE and A Level. For those studying at examination level there are frequent trips to the theatre and opportunities to work with professional practitioners. There is also an extensive extra-curricular programme with three major annual School productions and a number of lunchtime presentations. Pupils can choose to participate either as performers or work behind the scenes in lighting, sound, set and/or costume design. Rehearsals take place during lunch breaks with one Saturday rehearsal prior to the opening night.
The Shedule is a guide to our extensive Performing Arts programme and takes its title from the School's theatre which is affectionately known as The Shed. It includes descriptions, dates, times and booking information for a huge range of events taking place throughout the year.
The Shedule 2017-2018
The Arts Academy runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm every Saturday during term time and is free for Cokethorpe pupils. Drama workshops include activities devised to build confidence and enhance performance skills. There is an emphasis on fun with the added bonus of acquiring the nationally respected London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) qualifications. We also offer individual LAMDA lessons during the School day.