Drama is a form of communication in which meanings are shared through the means of dramatic conventions. Through making, performing and responding to drama, students have the chance to discover more about themselves, other people and the world they share.

Shaping the individual.

The curriculum promotes the pupil’s shaping of their own identity. teamwork, discussion and role-play help pupils to comment on, reflect and define their culture and community.

We are committed to empowering the individual through the ownership of their own learning.

Drama’s core aims and objectives.

“Lose yourself in drama, find yourself at Epsom College.”

  • We wish to foster students’ understanding and use of a wide variety of dramatic forms and concepts
  • Every individual is enabled to be an effective group member in making, performing and responding to drama
  • Pupils develop an appreciation of live theatre, as well as the ability to evaluate their own and others’ contributions, ideas and performance.

The department aims to foster a learning environment where:

  • Students take responsibility for making informed choices about the form and direction of their work
  • Students regulate their own behaviour and negotiate the climate for learning as a community
  • Each individual feels safe, valued and confident to be themselves
  • Pupils become increasingly selective and complex in their use of sign and gesture to make and represent meanings
  • Students gain live experience of theatre and the drama process through direct contact with professionals via theatre visits and workshops
  • Young people are encouraged to become active agents in interpreting what drama communicates and thereby finding new ways to communicate
  • Each student understands the system of assessment and engages in it with confidence through self, peer and teacher based assessments processes at given points each term
  • Each student takes pride in the Studio facilities and is an active participant in maintaining good health and safety procedures

Follow the links below to learn more about Drama and Theatre Studies at Epsom College.

Year 7.

Lower School Drama offers all students an exciting platform to explore their own creativity and develop their acting and design skills collaboratively.

The subject is delivered in a weekly single period of 50 minutes, taught in specialist Drama studios. Learners will explore acting, costume, makeup, puppetry and mask design through both scripted and devised performance assignments based on various stimulus materials.

All practical assessments are filmed in drama to allow both self and peer reflection and feedback.

Year 8.

Lower School Drama is honed further in the Year 8, where pupils will be challenged to create more advanced scripted and devised performances, both as actors or technical lighting or sound designers.

Pupils will learn new skills in technical design through the exploration of Gothic Thriller performance.  Pupils will work closely with our professional theatre technician to learn how lighting and soundboards and equipment work, gaining hands-on experience with their technical designs, culminating in both performances and written examinations.

All practical assessments are filmed in drama to allow both self and peer reflection and feedback.

Year 9.

The course offers all Year 9 students a broad introduction to the drama process in making, performing and responding to theatre forms.

The subject is delivered in a weekly single period of 50 minutes, with a regular weekly prep allocation.

The curriculum is skills-led to prepare for GCSE and is designed to serve as a broad foundation for GCSE Drama. Our aim is to ensure all students across the year group participate in scripted and devised performances as performers and designers.

Students also learn how to evaluate the process of theatre through attending live performances and learning how to write analytically about theatre acting, staging and design, using subject-specific terminology. Their personal response to live theatre is fostered through discussion and peer assessment, leading to a written exam.

All practical assessments are filmed in drama to allow both self and peer reflection and feedback.

The course we follow is WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Drama.

Pupils study theatre skills and may specialise in acting, lighting or sound design. They can choose if they wish to act or design in either of their two practical performance exams and have an open choice.

Theatre visits and hosting visiting theatre companies form the lifeblood of the course. These ensure pupils gain a wide understanding of theatre styles and genres to influence their work as performers, designers and directors alongside preparing for their live theatre review in Section B of the written paper.

In addition to seeing live theatre performances every term and experiencing some professional workshops, pupils have the opportunity to come on the New York Broadway tour, which next runs in April 2020, where they will see five productions and attend two professional workshops on a five-day tour.

Drama & Theatre Studies is an academic subject that consistently delivers 100% A*-B success. It combines both practical and theoretical elements and explores modern and traditional works.

A-level Drama is a rewarding course which develops students’ appreciation and understanding of theatre’s social, cultural and artistic function in an active forum, where they can experiment as directors, actors and designers.

There are three papers: two practical and the other written, though we approach all work practically.

Students will gain an insight into the theories and practice of three theatre practitioners and companies, whose ideas and work have transformed modern drama.

For both practical exam units, students research and apply a modern theatrical practitioner’s influence on their work as directors, designers and performers.

We have developed close links with companies including Complicite, Frantic Assembly, LET, Kneehigh and Shared Experience, as well as technical practitioners, who deliver workshops.

Our practical work is often expressionistic and highly inventive and we are the only school in the UK who offer aerial silks, hoop and trapeze circus skills, working with trained aerial specialists and choreographers.

  • Two fully-equipped technical boxes, with the latest lighting, sound and multimedia equipment and resources.
  • Extensive lighting equipment, including specials such as UV, laser, strobe equipment, alongside many filters, gobos, DHA rotators, along with a professional lighting board.
  • Extensive sound equipment, including a professional board, Adobe audition programming tools to mix and record layers of sound; a wide range of musical instruments, music CDs and sound effects; microphones and a virtualiser, to create special effects and manipulate voice and sound as desired.
  • Projection facilities which facilitate PowerPoint, video and video editing with cameras in the Department to film work and incorporate film into performances.
  • The Department also has a growing collection of costumes, masks, puppets and props, with a wide selection of set items. Our professional technician regularly makes bespoke items of set, liaising directly with students who act as directors in the stage design and production.
  • A vast range of specialist Theatre books, including plays, practitioners, theatre styles and genres alongside design and performance books.

School Productions.

Epsom College offers a wide range of theatre productions annually to be involved in, as directors, stage managers, designers, technicians, actors and audience members. In the last academic year we produced and performed:

  • Senior play: The Caucasian Chalk Circle – Brecht
  • Senior musical: Evita – Rice, Lloyd Webber
  • Junior play: Grimm Tales – Pullman

This year, we will produce:

  • Senior play: The Government Inspector – Gogol
  • Senior musical: My Fair Lady – Lerner and Loewe
  • Junior musical: Spamalot Junior – Idle
  • Lower School Leatherhead Festival play: Macbeth – arr. Nussbaum