Drama at King's is a thriving part of the curriculum and is taken as a compulsory subject at Third Form, before pupils can opt for popular GCSE or A level courses. Pupils do not just study acting but learn about the history of the theatre and study some of the great plays and directors. They also learn about how theatres work and all the different aspects of putting together a production. Drama is primarily a practical subject and the majority of the learning comes through getting up and doing, and is focused on the play in performance.
The courses are structured to allow a great deal of personal emphasis in the way pupils can approach them, and it is possible to concentrate on acting or on design. King's prides itself in being able to offer expert tuition in all aspects of drama – it is possible to study a wide range of aspects, from devising to lighting design, musical theatre to costume. Drama is necessarily a collaborative art and also requires a great deal of independent learning, fostering transferable skills of teamwork, planning and decision making, yet at the same time forms a clear basis of training for the profession.
By far the highest priority at King's though is that good learning is:
- Pupils are encouraged and supported whatever their ability to do their absolute best.
Past pupils have gone on to study the subject at drama school and university, and work in the profession in a number of careers both on stage and behind the scenes.
Ours is a working theatre, at the heart of our community, and pupils are actively encouraged to involve themselves in its day-to-day running, thereby learning new skills. We try to offer a wide variety of performances in which to participate. For example:
- Large-scale musical The Wizard of Oz
- The Scholars’ Murder Mystery,
- Classic drama in the form of Twelfth Night.
In addition, pupils are encouraged to produce their own projects and it is open to all year groups to audition for plays and musicals.