“I regard the theatre as the great of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde
Drama is a subject which is crucial in develop our understanding of our own emotions, our own physicality, our own relationships with people around us and our relationship with the world around us. At St Peter’s, we engage students with subject matter that not only explores diverse perspectives on the world around them but, crucially, provides them with opportunities to reflect their emotions, opinions and perspectives.
Working in tandem with the skills that are developed in their English lessons, the Drama curriculum is designed to develop skills across all three key stages in order to provide students with a well-rounded skill set for the future. Whether studying Shakespearean plays, silent movies, pieces inspired by the recent London riots or devising their own piece in a stated theatrical style, the curriculum is underpinned by a focus on both the creative and analytical elements of drama. From their early stages at St Peter’s, students are encouraged to not only create effective performance but also be able to discuss why performances are successful, how the elements of performance make them successful and their intended impact on audiences.
Through exposing students to this range of stimuli, nurturing their creative talents and honing their analytical voice, students who study Drama are able to excel in a range of subjects and, importantly, have a skillset which will allow them to continue to learn, aspire and exceed.