Drama is taught in the Stahl Studios and in the Stahl Rehearsal Room. The Stahl Theatre also provides a fabulous resource for rehearsals, and is where examined practical units take place.
In addition to the academic staff, the Stahl is staffed by a professional team of theatre practitioners. In addition to the Director, there is the Theatre Manager, who is responsible for the day to day running of the Theatre and who designs many of our productions; the Technical Stage Manager, with responsibility for building our increasingly ambitious sets as well as looking after the professional companies; the Wardrobe Supervisor and a Theatre Technician.
One of our aims is that pupils should assume considerable responsibility in the theatre and feel that they are helping to run an efficient enterprise. Large numbers get involved backstage in both the professional productions and the School's, acting as directors, stage managers, technical designers and wardrobe staff. A number of pupils from the School now enter the profession as actors, stage managers or designers.
All pupils in the First and Second Form take Drama; it is then available as an option in the Third Form, where they are introduced to elements of performance, including collaboration, communication and self-awareness, using a range of drama activities and exercises. Skills acquired include use of voice, improvisation, interpretation of play texts and devised work. An environment of support, encouragement and open-mindedness is promoted in class. Third Form Pupils opting to take Drama in the Trinity Quarter will be involved in a performance in The Stahl Theatre at the end of their year.
The GCSE course provides maximum opportunities for a stimulating experience of dramatic activities. Pupils produce one improvised and one text-based performance, and there is a study of a set text. Although most pupils opt for the acting element, there is an opportunity to focus on lighting, sound, costume design, or directing.
The structure of the A level course comprises both practical and written units, consisting of the study of set plays and live productions, and the presentation of a group performance. Students choose one of the following skills to develop during their studies: acting, directing, costume design, mask design, set design or lighting and sound.
Mr M Burlington