Drama is a popular subject at Cokethorpe and is taught with passion by subject specialists dispelling the old fashioned view that Drama is about ‘being a tree!’
Drama involves the practical exploration of wide ranging educational, historical, political, social and cultural issues which aims to open pupils’ eyes to the world in which they live, encouraging them to make decisions about who they are and form their own opinions.
Drama is an exciting and powerful tool for learning, communicating and exploring; requiring pupils to interact with others on both real and imaginary levels. It is a subject that develops valuable life skills such as self-confidence, creativity, self-expression, empathy, independence and co-operation.
Through the use of a range of dramatic texts, stimuli and forms, pupils gain a practical understanding of the craft of drama, establish strong working relationships with particular emphasis on inclusion, respect and compromise.
Throughout the year every child in the Senior School has the opportunity to participate in a variety of public performances and the annual Inter-House Drama Competition. The Drama Department also runs a diverse extra-curricular programme with whole school and year specific productions.
Individual and paired LAMDA tuition is also available as are specialist Drama Awards.
First Form to Second Form
Pupils from First Form to Second Form are timetabled for one drama lesson per week. There are many more opportunities for pupils to participate in extra-curricular drama productions and activities outside the classroom. Pupils in First and Second Form also participate in an end of year production for the public.
Fourth Form to Fifth Form
GCSE Drama is not only a useful qualification for students wishing to pursue a career in the Arts, but is also advantageous for those interested in a diverse range of occupations which involve communication and people related skills. The ability to analyse and evaluate is developed in every aspect of GCSE Drama.
Pupils explore a wide variety of scripts, themes and issues through practical workshops and produce written evaluations of their work. Theatre trips and visiting practitioners are part of the course to enable further development of skills and appreciation of the art of drama.
Head of Drama: Mrs C L Hooper
Trips, Activities and Extension
The Drama Department runs a diverse and exciting extra-curricular programme which is open to all age groups. Theatre trips, visiting practitioners, drama productions, annual School musical, Inter-House Drama competition, Arts Academy, LAMDA tuition and examinations.
The Arts Academy which is open to all pupils is a three hour workshop on a Saturday morning offering pupils an opportunity to improve their dramatic or musical skills. At the end of term pupils in the Arts Academy perform a series of pieces in the Arts Academy Showcase.
In addition to weekly timetabled Drama lessons, pupils have the option to receive individual drama tuition. Here pupils have the opportunity to develop their performing skills, knowledge and understanding through one-to-one tuition and group lessons. These lessons are offered during the School day and are set on a rotational timetable. Pupils attending these extra lessons are encouraged to take a nationally recognised LAMDA qualification, which can be used when applying to university.
At the end of the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, there are two major drama productions with a cast selected from the First Form to the Upper Sixth. At the end of the Summer Term the Drama Department present an end of year play as part of the Senior School Prize Giving. Pupils can participate in a variety of ways; as performers, technicians, backstage support or costume and wardrobe to name but a few.
Alongside the major drama productions at the end of each term, there are a number of other performances throughout the year that offer pupils from different year groups the chance to perform. These include First Form Mime, Second Form Production, Physical Theatre, Soap Operas, Fifth Form GCSE pieces and Drama Award Holders Presentations.
The Drama Department run a number of theatre trips to support and enhance the drama programme. Some of the recent productions pupils have seen include Electra, The White Devil, 1984 and War Horse.
The annual Inter-House drama competition sees pupils competing against each other in the houses for the coveted honour of being crowned House Champions. Pupils present in two categories, monologue and ensemble. Based on a given stimulus pupils create an original ensemble piece and one person represents their house in the monologue.