‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’ ― Oscar Wilde
We want all students to experience the magic, awe, wonder and richness of the Theatre. Our students do not always have the frame of reference for Theatre and Drama as an art form and as an expression of the world, like they often do with Art or Music. The study of the Drama Curriculum engages students in an exploration of the world from multiple perspectives. It promotes active discussion and exploration of a range of themes and issues in order to promote diversity, equality, and social, moral and cultural understanding. The Curriculum enables all students to confidently express themselves, their emotions, ideas, opinions and thoughts in a safe, creative, and collaborative space. The Curriculum takes students on a chronology of the ideologies and advancements in Theatre, from antiquity to modern day in order to explore and study the great playwrights and practitioners that have influenced modern Theatre. The Curriculum equips students with high quality, cultural capital through an understanding, appreciation and awareness of how history, society and culture has impacted Theatre, and how Theatre has impacted history, society and culture. Through a wide range of opportunities and experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, students will develop an appreciation of the performing arts and grow to understand its value for themselves and for society as a whole. Drama is a passport to life: gateway to expressing oneself in a range of ways. It enables students to communicate effectively, developing skills that will support them through life, and taking into account the improving local economy and labour market, prepare them for life in the world or work.
Through the Curriculum students will develop deep knowledge and understanding of performance genres, texts and styles, their context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created through high quality and ambitious opportunities to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding through Making, Performing and Responding to Drama.