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 and 4 students take part in a period of Drama every week.
Drama lessons cover basic 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 and A level examinations are studied to the Edexcel specification.
LAMDA examinations are offered as a lunchtime or after-school activity. There is a LAMDA showcase in the spring term
The LAMDA programme of study fosters self-confidence, teamwork, presentation and communication skills. We have a 100% success at examination.
"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
All students are encouraged to audition for the two or three major productions that the Drama Department showcases every year.
Past productions include:
‘Amadeus' by Peter Schaffer
‘The Visit' by Friedrich Dürenmatt
‘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.
GCSE and A level students are taken to see professional productions on a regular basis as part of their course. Recent trips include ‘Dr Faustus' at The Globe and ‘The Wild Bride' by Knee High Theatre Company.
Visiting professional theatre companies run workshops for examination students on ‘devising theatre' and practioner and set texts.
Recent theatre companies to work with examination students include:
- Wet Picnic - devising
- Nuffield Youth Theatre - performing ‘Antigone' in January
- Scene Productions - GCSE workshop ‘Find Me'
- Drama club runs during the week in lunch hour for Years 7 and 8 and led by our AS students