Drama - Introduction

At Moulsham, Drama is delivered by an experienced team of specialists.  We feel really strongly about the power and immediacy of drama and theatre and its ability to engage young people, teach valuable life skills and be an essential and integral part of our vision to Enjoy, Enrich and Achieve.

The members of the Drama team are innovators, always striving to find new, engaging, practical, challenging and fun ways to deliver the curriculum.  We like to balance historical and traditional elements - all students explore Shakespeare, Greek Theatre and Medieval Morality plays at KS3 - whilst also pushing forward with contemporary play texts, challenging modern themes and learning how drama is made in the 21st Century.

Drama is delivered in our dedicated drama spaces, including our specialist black box studio where lighting and sound are at ground level and students are encouraged to make use of the facilities.  Other resources include digital projectors, professional masks for Trestle and Commedia Dell'Arte work, a portable lighting rig for small-scale performances around the site, an extensive library of plays and text books within the department and a growing collection of plays and theory on DVD in the school library.

Throughout a student's life at Moulsham there are many opportunities outside of lessons to become part of Team Drama.  Our weekly clubs and activities include:

  • Year 7 Drama Club and Year 8/9 Drama Club, which produce showcases of their work at Christmas and at the end of the summer term.
  • The Sixth Form Players rehearsals for the Sixth Form play that is performed at Christmas.
  • The Drama department also collaborates with our colleagues in the Performing Arts faculty and from across the school to produce our annual Whole School Production.  Shows over the last few years have included Guys & DollsOliver!Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  See the Downloads tab for more details of these activities.
  • The Drama Surgery is a name we give to our daily rehearsal session.  Students in all years are often set homework to rehearse for performance assessments.  We open our second drama space every lunch time and these sessions are supervised by A-Level Drama students, who also support the younger students by directing them.
  • The department also present performance work from across our curriculum, including A-Level Exam shows - the Unit 2 play and monologues night (May) and the Unit 3 Devised Performance (November).  The GCSE students also present their final exam performances in the GCSE Drama Showcase (April).

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