Drama at Prior’s Field
Drama is taught for an hour a week to all girls in the First, second and Third form at Prior’s Field. During these precious years the girls learn both through and about Drama. They develop the ability to work collaboratively in a creative environment that encourages empathy and respect for one another. Lessons are designed to assess individual strengths and talents introducing performance, practitioner influences and the significance of technical elements of Theatre. This journey develops confidence in expression and an ability to view the world from a range of perspectives. There is a balance between exploration of text and issue with a firm focus on having fun whilst learning.
A large number of girls enjoy LAMDA lessons from early grades through to diploma certificates. Our fantastic LAMDA specialists instil high expectations with a large proportion of the girls receiving distinctions each term in their examinations.
The RADA Shakespeare Certificate examination is offered to selected exceptionally able students who are aged 14 or above. This is co-ordinated and run by one of our subject specialists, Ms Hedley and we currently have girls entered for the Messenger and Bronze certificates. This is a popular qualification and one in which the girls excel.
Lower school girls are directed by Upper school girls annually in the House Drama competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for the girls to collaborate in Houses across the age groups and often build lasting, nurturing relationships and instils respect amongst the girls.
There are 4 key Drama events across the year with large numbers of girls involved either on the stage or backstage. Wherever possible we link with other departments adding a different dimension to the experience of performance.
Cabaret and canapés; this is a student driven project which provides an informal setting for our upper school girls to select a range of texts, music and dance items, following a theme, to showcase their talents. It is always a popular evening with the whole school community.
Upper school production; This is rehearsed through the Autumn term and our most recent productions of Oliver, Les Misérables and Grease have included girls from the lower school.
Lower School Production; This is rehearsed from Easter and involves any girl who wants to take part. We design the productions around the girls and most recently created classics with a twist – Midsummer’s Moonlight Mash-up and Alice in Londonland.
GCSE and A Level:
We have healthy numbers taking GCSE and many continue on to do A Level. The spring term is when GCSE and A Level students prepare their pieces for final performance examinations. Last year our A Level students performed a cut adaptation of “Top Girls” whilst our GCSE girls devised original pieces of Drama exploring the issues of Infertility and Transgender.
Practical experience is further enriched by regular trips to the Theatre as well as workshops embracing a variety of style and genre.
More than Acting:
We encourage students to get involved in all aspects of production whether technical, backstage, set design, makeup, performing or promotional. This year one of our sixth form students designed the lights for the Lower school production as her EPQ and many of the girls choose to be back stage as a preference to being in the spotlight.