We have a 100% success at examinations. "I was the only one at my University interview who was able to stand
up and give an impromptu talk: having LAMDA lessons gave me that confidence and ability".
Elizabeth, Year 13
At HCS we are passionate about Drama. We strive to nurture talent and bring out the very best in all students. Our facilities include a fully equipped studio theatre, tutorial rooms for private study lessons and a recently built outdoor amphitheatre.
All Key Stage 3 students take part in a period of Drama every week.
Drama lessons cover basic, intermediate and advanced acting and stage techniques, including use of voice, physicality, and characterisation.
Students study the work of famous dramatic practitioners and lessons cover all dramatic genres.
GCSE examinations are studied to the Edexcel specification and A level examinations to WJEC specification.
LAMDA examinations are offered as a lunchtime of afterschool activity. There is a LAMDA showcase in the spring term.
All students are encouraged to audition for the two or three major productions that the Drama Department showcases every year.
'Into the Woods' by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
'Amadeus' by Peter Schaffer
'The Visit' by Friedrich Duerenmatt
'The Grimm Tales' a series of adapted traditional, yet gruesome, plays
'Marat Sade' by Peter Weiss
'A Terribly English Affair' featuring the playwrights Terrence Rattigan, Oscar Wilde and Steven Mallitratt
'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller
'Zodin the Sorcerer' and 'The Last Hour' - original pantomimes written and adapted especially for the students at HCS
Recent theatre companies to work with examination students include:
Drama Club runs during weekday lunchtimes for Years 7 and 8, led by our AS students