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

The LAMDA programme of study fosters self-confidence, teamwork, presentation and communication skills.  

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.

Past productions include:

'Into the Woods' by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
'Threepenny Opera'
'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
'Wuthering Heights'
  • GCSE and A levels students are taken to see professional productions on a regular basis as part of their course.  Forthcoming trips include Theatre Ad Infinitum's ground breaking 'Ballad of the Burning Star'  at Battersea Arts Centre, Wedekind's 'Spring Awakening' at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and other recent trips this academic year have included 'A Midsummer Night's Deam' with Sheridan Smith as Titania in London, The Commedia dell'arte inspire 'One Master Two Guvnors', also in London
  • Visiting profesional theatre companies run workshops for examination students on  'devising theatre' and practitioner and set texts.
  • Recent theatre companies to work with examination  students include:

    • Hampshire Youth Theatre
    • Wet Picnic - devising
    • Kathkali Indian Dance workshop
    • Nuffield Youth Theatre - performing 'Antigone' in January 2013
    • Scene Productions - GCSE workshop 'Find Me'
  • Drama Club runs during weekday lunchtimes for Years 7 and 8, led by our AS students

 

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