Drama is taught to Years 5 & 6 and pupils not taking a second language in Years 7 & 8. Year 4 pupils enjoy Drama games as part of their activities programme. 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. 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.
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 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; a Leavers' Revue at the end of the school year; and Curtain Call (a more formal evening of Music and Drama) as well as the Boarders’ Talent Show in the last week of term.
Individual, paired or small group LAMDA lessons in Acting, Devising and Verse/Prose Speaking are also available, taught during Activities and Clubs sessions by professionals from the theatre world. Examinations are held twice a year and more than 150 students take at least one examination per year, with many Year 8 pupils reaching Grade 5 by the time they depart the Dragon.
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.