Staffing and Role:
|Head of Drama|
|Teacher of Dance & Drama|
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.
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.
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."