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Aims & Philosophy of the Drama Department

The teaching philosophy of the Drama department revolves around enthusing all girls to harness their innate love of performance and become disciplined, confident and sensitive communicators. Some pupils will become accomplished performers, directors and critics and will go on to study the subject at a higher level.

Others will simply enjoy the subject and will be equipped with life-skills, including  empathy, teamwork, creativity, problem solving and communication, These valuable experiences will prepare  them well for the future.  For those that do study drama to examination level, we aim to offer a broad experience of dramatic techniques, texts and live theatre experiences.

Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At A level, girls are required to increase the depth of their play study and the live theatre visits now require an extended written response. Plays are studied from a practical point of view and girls tackle the same acting and staging challenges faced by professionals. A key assessment at AS level is performing a group piece and a monologue to an examiner – useful preparation for those wishing to audition for the NYT.  In the second year of the course, girls create their own devised performance and sit a written examination based on a Greek play and on a Shakespeare text; this requires an in-depth understanding of theatrical traditions and their impact on contemporary theatre.  Drama A level is by no means a ‘soft’ option; far from it, it demands the very best of academic endeavour and practical resourcefulness – just what employers are looking for

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

Academic drama at QM has a long history of success with many A* grades at both GCSE and A Level in recent years. The Chapman Theatre and the technical support provided by the Theatre Technician make it possible to create theatre of the highest order. Experienced teachers teach lessons at QM with expertise in a range of theatrical styles and visiting workshop leaders are also used to add contemporary clout. The department provides a rich variety of theatre experience – QM is perfectly placed for pupils to visit some of the country’s best provincial theatres as well as to make the  journey south to Stratford and London.  To add even more breadth, the department organises a Drama study tour to Spain, Italy or Greece. On a daily basis, perhaps the best thing the department does is provide lively and stimulating lessons that girls look forward to and enjoy, whatever their age.

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