“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
- Alfred Hitchcock
Why Study Drama?
At King's Hall, we believe drama is a valuable subject in its own right and is an effective vehicle to learn about the world around us. All children have a weekly drama lesson where creative expression and imagination is encouraged through practical activities. The emphasis is on encouraging pupils to become skilled in the use of and knowledge of the art form. Indeed, developing performance skills is only one aspect of the work in the drama syllabus, fascinating though this may be; developing confident and thoughtful children who use drama to help them understand and develop themselves is considered of even greater importance.
At King’s Hall the teaching of drama is used as a vehicle for the learning of key life skills including confidence and conviction, teamwork, co-operation, listening, problem solving, communicating, reflection and evaluation. Drama is also used to: explore issues in our world, to develop a sense of morality and values, to develop the imagination, and to support learning in other subject areas. All lessons will explore a theme, allow students to develop knowledge of dramatic techniques, skills, forms and convention, and give experience and understanding of drama conventions so students are prepared for Key Stage 4 GCSE drama course.
Facilities & Trips
King's Hall is fortunate to have a dedicated Arts Centre which has its own staging (which can be adapted and recreated into a whole variety of sets), curtains, raked seating and a complete lighting rig and sound system. We have a large costume department and the children delight in the makeup and grease paint required for a show. For those that see the world as a stage, this is a great place to start. Regular trips to the local theatres, the Bristol Old Vic, the Octagon, the Northcott and the Tacchi Morris, are arranged. In addition children visit, and are visited, by productions from King's College. Visits to London's West End and Stratford upon Avon are also arranged for Year 7 and 8 with workshops.
In addition to the opportunities created as part of class drama, children are given the opportunity to perform to an audience. All are encouraged to take part in our hugely popular productions in Year 4, 6 and 8. If a child is willing to devote time and energy then they will not be turned away, with auditions used solely to assign roles. Recent productions have involved ensemble work, choral speaking, music and dance. For those older pupils who enjoy the technical side, there are also opportunities to play a part, operating lights, sound, prompting or screen projections. Past productions have included Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Honk!, Alice in Wonderland, and School of Rock.
Speech and Drama Lessons
For those pupils wishing to go beyond the curriculum, we offer speech and drama lessons as an optional extra. The children taking these lessons have the opportunity to prepare for examinations and to showcase their work to parents and friends in speech and drama Concerts in the Arts Centre. Speech and drama is a subject which can benefit children of all abilities, developing self-confidence, self-discipline and creativity. It can extend the most able, as well as offering less academic children an opportunity to excel. Speech and drama supports the English school curriculum and children learn to talk intellectually about their chosen pieces. Children have the opportunity to create and develop their own ideas through discussion, mime, role play, directing and games and can work towards examinations.