At Regents our students are provided with the opportunity to communicate in complex and powerful ways, to present conflict or contrast of character on stage.
Drama is part of the taught curriculum and all pupils participate in drama performances. There are a range of opportunities, not only to act but also to be involved backstage. Each year numerous shows, productions, performances are put on and recent past performances have included: Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and this years’ main production is Once, devised by Years 7 to 12, based on Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales and inspired by the music of the 1920’s of the same name.
As a subject, Drama is assessed using the Arts Council grading criteria, the English National Curriculum, the GCSE and IB Guide. At Year 7, when drama is formally taught, students focus on; the artistic processes of Drama, incorporation of group work, problem solving and leadership attributes. Students are encouraged to explore, socialise, be leaders and discuss their beliefs and those of others. Year 9 culminates in students developing their own analytical and evaluating skills linking to cultural and social issues in their drama work.
For those students opting for Drama as a GCSE, this stage of the course is designed so that a practical focus is at its very heart. Drama at this level encourages creativity, focusing on practical work and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and the arts.
At IB level, Drama becomes Theatre; encouraging artistic discovery through experimentation, risk-taking and the presentation of ideas. The IB DP theatre course is multifaceted, providing students with the opportunity to actively engage in Theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers.
The Drama Department has two Drama classrooms, and as multifunctional spaces they can be used as discreet intimate performance spaces, ideal for presentations of classwork and examination pieces. An additional performing space is The Globe Theatre, offering 250 fixed seating spaces used for: school productions, musical concerts, recitals, visiting theatre companies and speakers. It houses 2 dressing rooms and a selection of costumes and props. There is a technical box that controls lighting and a sound system, a large screen and projector for film clips and presentations are also located within the Globe. The tertiary facility is a flexible teaching space, named the ‘Roundhouse’ an hexagonal room in the centre of the school, comprising of staging and a PA system.