The Drama Department is committed to offering a welcoming, secure environment where pupils are encouraged to think creatively, to be independent, collaborative and collective learners. In doing so our pupils gain the confidence and interpersonal skills to communicate their beliefs and feelings; vital attributes in their future lives and careers. Many of our pupils have gained entry to top drama institutions in the field of performance or technical theatre and we achieve consistently excellent academic results. During their time in the department pupils explore all aspects of academic and practical drama. Study is offered in Performance (Acting) and Technical Theatre (Lighting, Sound, Costume, Set, Directing, Stage Management, Prop Design) Whilst the acquisition of these theatrical skills give an excellent grounding to those wishing to pursue a career in the arts this unique process of learning offered is of inestimable value to all pupils.
L6 – L7 pupils’ transition to the Senior School is aided by the introduction of subject specialism. The pupils’ formal drama training commences at this time and they explore themes and issues through various dramatic techniques such as role play, mime, movement, improvisation and storytelling.
F1 - F2 pupils are introduced to specific drama skills such as stage fighting, analysis and production of script, mime, movement, characterisation and voice. Pupils are encouraged to reflect, record and discuss their practical activities through collaboration and negotiation with others.
F3 – F4 pupils who choose Drama as an academic subject embark on a two year course of study culminating in an award at Intermediate 2 level. The first year of study is not certificated and is used as vital preparation for the theoretical and practical rigor of Intermediate 2. The course enables pupils to ‘major’ in an area of theatre specialism which is externally examined. This course is a popular option with pupils at this stage.
F5 – F6 pupils who have a particular talent or interest in performance may choose to further their study at Higher level. This course requires skills in acting and directing. It is both practical and theoretical. At Advanced Higher level pupils with a strong interest in theatre enjoy the challenges this course offers; pupils can specialise in Acting, Design or Directing. Higher National Units in Theatre Skills are offered as an option in F6.
The Drama Department contributes significantly to the life of the school through many co-curricular opportunities which the pupils may choose to be involved in:
· F1/2 Drama Club
· Annual school productions
· Regular Theatre Trips to major Scottish theatre venues
· Performing Art trips in the UK and abroad
· Performances at Dundee Rep Theatre
· Workshops with specialist practitioners
· Concerts and talent shows
Mrs Lindsay Drummond Head of Department
Mr Iain Cowieson Drama Teacher