Drama is taught to Years 5 & 6 and pupils not taking a second language in Years 7 & 8. The emphasis is on learning basic performance skills and developing the children's self-confidence through mime, improvisation, games, devised sketches and, occasionally, scripted performance. Those who miss out in Years 7 & 8 have an opportunity in the Post Exam Group Programme to write and direct their own plays during Common Entrance Week.

Cross-curricular events involving the whole year group include the Greek Plays in Year 4; Poetry in Motion in Year 5; Scenes from the Iliad and Odyssey in Year 6 and French sketches in Year 7. Each year group puts on a major production. A balance is kept between musical and non-musical plays.

There is also plenty of opportunity for informal drama as there are Variety Shows for the Middle and Upper School; an Improvisation Evening for Years 7 & 8 and an Entertainments' Evening for Years 5, 6 & 7 at the end of the summer term. There is also ‘A Play in a Week’ for Year 5; a presentation of “Scenes from Journey's End" by Year 8 to coincide with Remembrance Sunday; a Leavers' Revue at the end of the school year; and Curtain Call (a more formal evening of music and drama) in the last week. We also run a LAMDA club which has proved very popular with over a hundred children taking an exam each year.

Pupils perform in a wide variety of school productions that are of the highest quality and some individuals gain major parts in west-end productions.

ISI Integrated Inspection, November 2014

“I had a fantastic time at The Dragon. It was an absolute riot: I don't remember 'learning' anything, and yet I learned everything. It's an amazing place. It sounds cliché but I started acting by doing impersonations, and trying to make people laugh.” Tom Hiddleston, Actor (OD 1994)
View our productions over the last few years.
There are opportunities for children in all areas of drama.
Meet Our Teachers
Hannah Cook Head of Drama