The fundamental aim of the drama department is to improve through physical and vocal exercises, and challenging projects, the communication skills of all students. To this end the department will:
encourage students to use their own observations and experiences in the creation of practical work
encourage an awareness of the capabilities of each student's own voice and physicality, and how these can be improved to help better communication
promote co-operation within groups
develop an awareness of how human beings effectively communicate
Further to this, and with the use of theatre games and acting exercises, the department aims to:
develop a love of theatre and drama in general
encourage an awareness of the importance of drama and theatre in past and modern societies
encourage effective partnerships and group work
extend and develop specific chosen skills and to provide opportunities for students to study any practical theatre skill they wish to
There is also an emphasis on extra-curricular work. Every week there is a drama club. Each year there is a year 7 production, the junior production and the senior production, and occasionally there are sixth form productions. The school works closely with City of London School (CLS) and boys are invited to take part in many of the shows here while girls are invited to take part in shows at CLS. Every other year the senior production is a major musical. All in all, if you include examination productions there are around 20 per year.
Productions are often innovative, and we have been proud to present several specially commissioned world-premieres, and have been lucky to attract the contributions of West End practitioners including a set design by top designer, John Napier.
WHY IS DRAMA EXCITING AT CLSG?
Drama lessons are vibrant, energetic, exciting, unpredictable and always take place within an atmosphere of fun. To the non-initiated they appear to be noisy and out of control, but this is part and parcel of the dynamic creative process. In short, they are like no other lessons seen in school!
Also examination results are something to be proud of with nearly all girls attaining A and A* grades, and often for A-level practical work, girls achieve full marks!
Students are encouraged to use their own observations in the creation of work. Skills taught and projects covered are many and varied, from voice-work to mime, from improvisations to scripted work, from theatre history to modern practice. Students are also able to study more specific skills in detail, including technical and design elements.
WJEC GCSE Drama
Students select a skill or skills which they wish to specialise in and then perform and design productions of scripted and devised work. Written work covers assessments of the students' practical work and performances seen plus the study of a text. There are frequent visits to innovative professional theatre productions, and practitioners are invited into school for lectures, talks and workshops.
A Level: EDEXEL Drama and Theatre Studies
Theatre Studies is a fascinating and challenging course that studies drama from a purely theatrical and practical point of view. The course will ask of its students to look at theatre as a practical experience, interpret texts and productions, to create their own productions and justify these interpretations. It develops your interest in, and enjoyment of theatre as an audience member and as a practitioner. The course will encourage students’ knowledge and understanding of social, political and cultural contexts and the work of practitioners. Students work to enhance interpretative and practical skills in both individual and group activities. The practical work in this two year course covers both scripted and devised work with students opting to be examined as a performer or designer. Students also study set texts and theatre practitioners.
On average examination students visit professional shows around a dozen times a year. The department's aim is to make use of the great variety of shows which are on offer in London. Writing about shows is a necessity for GCSE and A-level drama and theatre studies but theatre visits are used also to enhance the students' appreciation of theatre, to expand their experience of it and consequently to affect their own work. Therefore, while we will occasionally visit more mainstream productions such as musicals and classics, the department actively seeks out those production which will stretch the students knowledge and experience, visiting experimental theatre companies, circus, dance, site-specific theatre, etc. We live in what is arguably the theatre capital of the world, we have the wonderful Barbican Theatre on our doorstep with its emphasis on bringing in theatre from around the world, and we aim to take advantage.
"Drama is so valuable because it not only is great fun but it enhances your confidence, your communication skills and your self-awareness. Also, the amazing variety of productions we visit is fantastic! I have absolutely loved studying GCSE Drama and cannot wait to begin A-level Theatre Studies." Ophelia
Director of Drama: Mr C Whyld