Ms N Maher BA (Hons), Acting Dip
Director of Drama
Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer. Studying Drama will help you develop many important skills – co-operation, concentration, listening and appreciating the perspective of others. The kinds of skills that you will use for the rest of your life later.
The Drama department is housed in The Beardwood Centre, which consists of a number of studios and a 130-seat black box theatre. It’s a well-equipped, versatile place to host the wide variety of productions that take place throughout the year. Recent productions have included Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The 39 Steps for Years 11-13 and School of Rock and a promenade performance of Romeo and Juliet for the Years 7-10.
All pupils in Years 7 and 8 study Drama – in Year 9 it is an option, and you can then go on to study Drama at GCSE and A-level. It is a hugely popular co-curricular activity at Colfe’s and we set out to involve the largest possible number of students in our productions either as a performer or musician, backstage or as part of the technical team.
During Years 7-9 you are introduced to a variety of different historical styles of theatre. You will explore Improvisation, Devising Theatre and Scripted Performance (which range from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights such as Alan Ayckbourn). Each year group is goes to a West End matinee performance, most recently including Matilda, The Lion King and Aladdin.
GCSE Drama (Eduqas) is a popular option and involves Devising Theatre, with supporting written evidence and a performance from a text. Pupils can also be assessed on a performance element such as costume, set design or lighting. At the end of the course there is a written examination on a set text and pupils must write a live theatre review.
During AS and A-level you study Drama and Theatre Studies with Edexcel. There are regular workshops and Q&A sessions for these classes, which enable you to explore a variety of texts from different periods, such as The Tempest, Equus, Machinal and Woyzeck, and perform both scripted and devised work. You also learn how to write informed critical analysis of plays that you see at the theatre. For details of A-level courses, click here.
During the GSCE and A-level years, there are regular theatre visits which enable students to experience a wide variety of theatrical styles, for example: Things I Know To Be True, Network, The Tempest and 4.48 Pychosis. Workshops with visiting theatre companies are also frequent – Frantic Assembly, Splendid Theatre and Punchdrunk to name but a few.
Past pupils who have studied Drama A-level at Colfe’s have gone on to attend competitive drama schools such as RADA, Central, Guidhall and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Pupils may also opt to sit the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations or audition for the National Youth Theatre. Scholarships are available for Year 7 pupils based on previous acting experience and a workshop audition.
A-level course details:
All pupils are also encouraged to take part in co-curricular Drama – examinations, productions and House competitions.