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.
The Drama Department has two studio spaces both equipped with lighting and sound.
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 iGCSE Drama specification. This course is 60% practical where students complete three performances and 40% comprising of a written exam at the end of the course
At A level we study the AQA Theatre Studies specification. This course involves the study and analysis and performance of three plays, the reviewing of live productions seen and a performance which draws on the work of a renowned theatre practitioner.
The Drama department aim to offer a wide variety of co-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. Past Lower School Shows include:
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Wind in the Willows by Alan Ayckbourn
- Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
- The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban
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
- Coram Boy by Helen Edmondson
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
- The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
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
- Beauty and the Beast
- Phantom of the Opera
- Anything Goes
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.
Speech and Drama Lessons
Speech and Drama lessons are very popular amongst our pupils. We follow the New Era syllabus, which is one of the leading regulated Boards in the UK. Speech and Drama lessons offer pupils the chance to develop their confidence and self-expression, as well as affording opportunities to take a series of examinations. Learners can obtain UCAS Tariff points at Level 3, enhancing their chances of University or Higher Education entrance. Speech and Drama lessons are available to all pupils in the Prep and Senior School. The lessons provide pupils with Drama tuition during which pupils are prepared for examinations. For further information about availability and prices please email the Lead Speech and Drama teacher Wendy Dopheide on [email protected]
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)
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.