Drama is about many things – theatre, acting, developing presentation skills and communication techniques, instilling confidence, developing self-esteem and having fun!
Two productions are performed annually – a Junior Forms’ Play (Years 3–5) and the School Play (Years 6–8). This gives every child in the School the opportunity to be involved either in acting, dancing and singing on the stage, or behind the scenes on the production side, with make-up, costume, set design, sound and lighting. Recent productions include Annie, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare on Trial, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Private Peaceful, The Railway Children, Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest, Oliver!, The Musical, Honk! and Archie Dobson’s War. along with a close relationship with the Music Department and help from other staff members from various departments in the School.
All aspects of Speech and Drama are taught by specialist teachers who take the responsibility for directing the major productions...
All pupils in Years 3–6 in the Preparatory School have timetabled class Drama as part of the curriculum. In these lessons, pupils are encouraged to express themselves vocally and physically and learn to work with others in a group situation. They are also taught to listen and react to others.
Speech and Drama
Speech and Drama lessons serve to focus attention on the individual, developing performance skills such as diction, expression, characterisation and communication skills. Pupils taking these lessons also benefit hugely from participating in Drama Showcases and are entered for the LAMDA graded examinations in various disciplines; verse and prose, reading for performance, speaking in public and acting. Pupils perform in regular drama at teatime concerts.
Lessons are offered either individually, in a pair, or in a group, dependent on year group. Pupils receive 30 lessons over the course of the academic year and lessons are timetabled on a weekly rota basis.
At the discretion of the Drama Department, pupils in Year 6 and Year 8 may be invited to apply for a Drama Scholarship.
Speech and Drama at DCPS is a lively, exciting and thriving discipline. The aim is to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of communication and performance and to maximise the potential of the individual and to engender an interest in the theatre. Pupils are actively encouraged to visit professional productions to broaden