Drama is an extremely popular subject at Warminster School across all year groups and many pupils participate in the wide and varied programme of Drama on offer.

We believe that Drama plays an extremely important part in providing a balanced education as it not only equips pupils with subject knowledge but it also focuses on honing ‘soft skills’ such as communication, leadership, creative thinking and problem solving.

Facilities Available

The Drama Department has two studio spaces both equipped with lighting and sound.

Examination boards

During lessons pupils in Years 7-9 follow a lively programme of study which includes diverse theatre genres, scripts from differing time periods and a solid grounding in performance techniques.

At GCSE we study the Edexcel Drama specification. This course is divided into three units during which pupils have to complete two, six hour practical workshops, three pieces of low level controlled assessment and participate in a performance.

At A level we study the AQA Theatre Studies specification. This course involves the study and analysis of set plays, the reviewing of live productions seen and a performance which draws on the work of a renowned theatre practitioner.

Co-Curricular Activities

The Drama department aim to offer a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities for all. Please see below for information regarding the opportunities on offer throughout the academic year.

Lower School Show

A Lower School Show for pupils in Years 7 - 9 is an annual event. The production is always performed in The Merlin Theatre in Frome, enabling pupils to experience a working theatre environment.

Past Lower School Shows include:

  • A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2008)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2009)
  • Wind in the Willows by Alan Ayckbourn (2010)
  • Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke (2011)
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (2012)
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (2013)
  • The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban (2014)

Senior School Show

A Senior School Show for pupils in Years 10 – 13 is a biennial event and during the ‘fallow’ year the Senior School Musical replaces it.Performances always take place in local professional theatres.

Past Senior School Shows include:

  • Our Country’s Good Timberlake by Wertenbaker (2007)
  • Coram Boy by Helen Edmondson (2009)
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (2011)
  • The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett (2013)

Senior School Musical

The Senior School Musical is open to pupils in Years 10-13. It is a collaborative event between the Music and Drama Departments. Performances always take place in local professional theatres.

Past Senior School Musicals include:

Les Misérables (2008)

  • Beauty and the Beast (2010)
  • Phantom of the Opera (2012)
  • Anything Goes (2014)

Summer Showcase

This event provides the GCSE and A level pupils with a very important opportunity to perform their exam work to their parents, friends and teachers.

LAMDA Lessons

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) lessons are available to all pupils in the Prep and Senior School. LAMDA lessons provide pupils with one to one Drama tuition during which pupils are prepared for examinations. For further information about availability and prices please email the Head of Drama onahooper@warminsterschool.org.uk

Mid-Somerset Festival Competition

This is an annual event that takes place in Bath each year. LAMDA pupils are asked to participate in this local Speech and Drama Festival; they compete against other local schools in a variety of Drama categories. In recent years we have had some excellent successes including winning the Dance Drama Category (open to anyone in Year 9), Solo Acing (14 Years )and Duologue Acting (13 Years and Under). Competing in this festival enables our pupils to see the work of pupils from other schools. It also gives the pupils valuable performance practice, feedback from professionals and a sense of achievement.

Inter-House Drama Competition

This event takes place annually on the last day of the Spring Term and encourages pupils to work across all year groups (Years 7 – 13) to win points for their academic house (Arnold/Denys/Ken). An invited guest from a local theatre judges the competition. This event continues to build upon the strong relationship that the Drama Department has with the local theatres.

Workshops and Residencies

Each year the Drama Department provide workshops for students of GCSE Drama and A level Theatre Studies at school for specialised theatre skills. Recent workshops include:

  • Frantic Assembly Workshop (2010)
  • Storytelling Workshop (2011)
  • Stage Combat Workshop (2012)
  • Sandra Duncan (Actor) Week Residency (2013)
  • Frantic Assembly Workshop (2014)

Theatre Trips

We regularly visit local theatres to watch a variety of performances and we annually take a residential trip to London to watch the most highly acclaimed shows.