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Drama is an exhilarating subject taught throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 which allows pupils to develop confidence and reflect, creatively challenge, and re-imagine the world. Students also learn about the theatre while improving their own creative skills, both as actors and designers.

Developing physical and vocal acting skills as well as experimenting with theatrical design areas such as puppetry, set design, makeup, lighting, props and costume, are also key aspects of the Drama education at Farringtons. Lessons are designed to be both fun and thought provoking; an emphasis on lively participation and teamwork fosters the personal development of pupils.

Farringtons has a strong tradition of extracurricular Drama with performances for all ages, including an annual School production and a thriving Speech and Drama course.

Involvement in a considerable range of dramatic activity is open to all pupils in the Senior School, irrespective of age or experience. Pupils may participate either as actors, members of the lighting or production teams, props crew, sound, make-up, publicity or front-of-house management.

Speech & Drama

Speech and Drama lessons are available as an extracurricular provision. These prepare pupils for entry into local and national festivals including the ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition and the LAMDA examinations. Lessons are taught by a specialist Speech and Drama teacher or by one of the Drama-trained staff. Pupils achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold medal level of this course will achieve UCAS points which will support university applications.

GCSE

The GCSE Drama course mixes practical and academic work. Essential aspects of the course are the study of play texts and visits to the theatre. There is a strong emphasis on practical work and acting is a major aspect of the course, with pupils developing skills in improvisation and performance. Pupils will also chart the development of a piece of theatre from an intial conception to finished performance and learn about significant practitioners.

AS/A2 Level

The AS and A2 Level courses in Theatre Studies are concerned with the theory and practice of the theatre. Opportunities are presented to create work for a targeted audience and to devise an original piece of theatre - recent students have been able to develop their own skills and interests this way, for example in developing their knowledge and application of Physical Theatre. Most students, although not all, will join this course having successfully completed GCSE Drama.