We aim to build confidence, develop communication skills, creativity and critical thinking. We inspire excellence through trips to see productions at local and national theatres and host theatre workshops run by professionals, creating an environment where pupils can hone and refine their skills.
Pupils taking drama through International Baccalaureate (IB) are equipped with the talents and confidence to pursue a range of careers in the creative industries.
1st and 2nd Form
Drama is a weekly curriculum subject for . The emphasis is on communication and collaboration. Pupils develop their acting and presentation skills to play a range of different roles and regularly perform to small audiences. There is a showcase performance every other year which involves every single pupil performing on stage for friends and family in a spectacular evening show.
Pupils explore various theatre styles and develop their skills in devising original drama; perform scenes from published play texts and present ideas as directors and designers as well as acting. There is the opportunity to perform in the annual Middle School Drama production.
4th Form GCSE Drama and One Year GCSE Programme for Pre-Sixth
The Edexcel GCSE Drama course is taught in a mixture of practical workshops and theory lessons. Pupils are assessed on their acting ability and their ability to express their ideas in writing. Pupils study a set text from the perspective of an actor, designer and director; create an original piece of theatre with a group and produce a portfolio of written work. Analysing and evaluating live performance is a requirement of the course so there are regular theatre trips.
Sixth Form - International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre
There are three stands to the IB Drama course – Theatre in Context; Theatre Processes; Presenting Theatre. The course can be tailored to candidates and their specific interests and skills. Whichever route is taken, the course embraces individual and collaborative work, theory and practice and an extended essay.
There is an active co-curricular programme with opportunities to develop talent through Drama Club, LAMDA (links to Clubs & Societies) and for boys and girls to get involved in House and School productions.
Co-curricular - Drama
There are an active drama and theatre cocurricular programmes with opportunities to develop talent through clubs and LAMDA and for all to get involved in House and School productions. Those wishing to study Drama in more depth can purse GCSE and International Baccalaureate Drama (link to Drama subjects page)
The School Musical
This is a biannual production in conjunction with the Music Department to showcase the talent of pupils from across the whole School.
• The ‘Queen Mary House’ (1st & 2nd Form) Creative Carousel takes place once a week on the Charter Hall stage. This fun drama workshop enables pupils to enjoy a range of drama games and take part in improvisation exercises.
• Drama Club is open to all year groups and pupils who need time space to rehearse or develop material and runs every week.
• The Tech Crew meet mid-week to learn about technical equipment and to design the production elements for the forthcoming production.
The focus for this annual competition is on creating original theatre as an ensemble company. Participants from each House take part in a workshop led by a professional theatre practitioner who will award points for effort and contribution. The team then work together to develop material before performing to a live audience to earn further points.
LAMDA (the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts)
LAMDA lessons are delivered by trained peripatetic teachers. Sessions are solo or paired acting lessons that can be scheduled either at lunchtime or in the evening depending on preference. LAMDA lessons develop pupils’ confidence, creativity and improve close analysis of dramatic literature. Pupils can be assessed up to Grade 8 then medals are awarded to reward work of distinction. All universities recognize LAMDA qualifications, thus boosting UCAS applications. King Edward’s uses the company Creative Connection to coordinate our LAMDA provision and further information can be found here. (PDF attachment with form so needs a link from Parents page)