Our vast and varied programme within the Drama department enables pupils to develop their self-confidence and learn advanced performance skills. Through mime, improvisation, games, devised sketches and scripted performance, our pupils are given a wide range of creative opportunities where they can flourish and as such, the Dragon has a remarkable track-record in producing some well-known actors on stage and screen.

Curriculum Drama is taught to Years 5 & 6 and pupils not taking an additional language in Years 7 & 8. Year 4 pupils enjoy Drama games as part of their Activities programme. A number of Year 8 pupils also have an opportunity to write and direct their own plays as part of the Post Exam Group Programme during Common Entrance Week. Our experienced and industry-driven LAMDA coaches work closely with the Head of Drama to assist in preparing scholarship candidates for a range of top secondary and performing art schools.

Cross-curricular events involving the whole year group include: Bards of Bardwell Road, a selection of Shakespeare Scenes in Year 5; Scenes from the Iliad and Odyssey in Year 6 and French sketches in Year 7. A number of Year 7 pupils also perform Scenes from Journey’s End to coincide with Remembrance Sunday. There is an Upper School Play and an Upper School Musical for Years 7 & 8 in the Autumn Term, a Year 6 Production in the Summer Term and a Year 4 Production in the Spring Term. A professional band of nine live musicians play in our orchestra pit, although a balance is kept between musical and non-musical plays.

Drama is a popular and well attended extra-curricular activity, and the children’s practice is informed by rigorous study of technique in our fantastic Studio. The school plays are joyous occasions when the whole community comes together to celebrate the unique spirit of the Dragon.
Josh Ward, Head of Drama