Drama Staff Profiles
Sandroyd’s Theatre was opened by Zoë Wanamaker in 2008. Influenced by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the building boasts a large stage, tiered seating surrounding a pit, open beams and a mezzanine gallery.
Children are given the opportunity to operate the state of the art lighting and sound system for the various productions, both dramatic and musical.
Drama is timetabled for pupils in Years 3 – 6. These lessons usually take place in the Theatre, and pupils are encouraged to develop their confidence and imagination through games and activities. Improvisations and role-plays in groups allow them to learn cooperation and develop key aspects of drama, concentrating on performance and content. Years 4, 5 and 6 each perform a play during the year and drama lessons are used to support this.
Years 7 and 8 receive no formal drama lessons, but there are opportunities to participate in drama during the Monday activity sessions, and some pupils do LAMDA exams in acting and speaking verse and prose, many having received distinctions in recent years. There are also trips to see performances of local plays, professional and amateur, and educational groups make regular visits to perform in our theatre. As part of the leavers’ post-Common Entrance programme a morning is devoted to creating a play-in-a-day. There is also an annual senior play for those in Years 7 and 8, which generally alternates between a play and a musical.
Recent productions have included: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Sweeney Todd Shock’n’Roll Show’, a dramatic version of ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Pupils who show particular talent for drama have been prepared for scholarships to senior schools and many have found success, either with drama as a single skill, or as part of an all-round award.