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Staffing and Role:

Mr Carrington

Head of Drama

Miss Parry

Teacher of Dance & Drama

Vision Statement:

We aim to provide a supportive and inclusive environment which encourages students to:

  • imaginatively explore and create drama;
  • inspire them with a love of the arts;
  • assist them in becoming productive independent learners.

Drama is part of the Performing Arts faculty.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7: Storytelling, physical theatre, an introduction to vocal and movement skills, improvisation in pairs, small groups and whole class, presentation techniques, introductory script work, morality plays.

Year 8: Progression of Year 7 units plus mask work, melodrama, silent movies, advanced devising project and advanced script work, playwriting.

KS4 Curriculum

Devising projects, script work, drama practitioners (Anton Brecht and Jacques Lecoq), study of a set text: An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley (mock; Missing Dan Nolan by Mark Wheeller), evaluation of a live performance, advanced improvisation, gym mat theatre, entrances and exits, chase scenes. 

Extra-Curricular and Activities:

  • Year 8 Gifted and Talented club
  • Shakespeare school festival
  • KS4 Productions (two performances this year; Bang Out of Order and Sticks and Stones and Mobile Phones)
  • Whole school production

Quotes from students:

"Drama at Testbourne is an amazing subject as it helps you build confidence and character."

"I enjoy the drama at Testbourne because it is really good fun… I like how friendly the class is… and the classes build confidence and character."

"What I like about Drama are the outside opportunities… I have taken part in multiple projects to a variety of audiences… I also like that you make new friends and challenge yourself in an exciting way."