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Drama

Research reveals the positive impact that Drama teaching has on a student’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Therefore it is my belief that Drama is one of the most important subjects a student can experience in their school life, and I am fully aware also, how dedicated BSM is to the development of the whole child and its commitment to the quality of Performing Arts as a school. Therefore, as an impassioned Drama specialist, I am delighted to welcome you to the Senior School Drama page.

It is our passionate belief that Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline, and that is why the Senior Drama Department at BSM constantly endeavour to provide students with a creative, stimulating and enriching curriculum.

We believe that it is important to educate the student with a holistic approach using the Arts to mirror the whole repertoire of human experience, assisting students to create, invent, symbolise and represent important values, ideas and feelings.

‘There is no world without theatre,’ Bond

Our Drama Teachers

Debbie El-Alwan

 

Anna Vacher

 

How is Drama taught at BSM?

Drama is taught to all KS3 classes and is a popular option at GCSE and at A Level. The Drama curriculum is also supported by workshops from visiting professional actors, designers and technicians, as well as visits to local theatre performances.

A Drama production is annually performed, in collaboration with the Music and Dance Departments. Previous productions have included Arabian Nights, Scrooge, The Wizard of Oz and The Matchgirls. All students from KS3 to KS5 are invited to take part and performances take place in January. These productions generate a huge amount of talented students and are an exciting event for our BSM community.

A Creative Arts and Media residential trip is annually offered to all students from KS3 to KS5, alternating between New York and London. This exciting opportunity offers students the experience of participating in Drama, Dance and Film workshops with professionals from that field, as well as visiting Theatres, Museums and cultural excursions.
We are committed to promoting the role of Drama within the school and community, and we will endeavour to provide a creatively dynamic and highly successful Drama Department.

What will students learn?

Drama promotes physical and vocal confidence allowing the students to develop important life skills through their senses, their bodies and their emotions, further allowing them to improve their understanding of the world they live.

Our exciting and enriching drama curriculum allows students to create, devise and perform in order to:

  • develop the ability to respond creatively through Drama to a variety of stimuli
  • develop the social awareness both of the individual and of group situations
  • develop the ability to communicate using space, movement and language
  • use drama to challenge and revalue cultural assumptions, notably those concerning race, gender, class and attitudes towards disability
  • develop the ability to analyse and reflect critically and evaluate one’s own work and that of others
  • equip students with an awareness of techniques and strategies commonly employed in Dramatic and Theatrical improvisation and to increase their ability to select appropriate methods of investigation
  • develop the use of the imagination, sensitivity and self-confidence
  • acquire knowledge of theatrical history, genres and practitioners and their work

'All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed,’
Seán O'Casey.

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