Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Bloxham School
In drama pupils learn how to create theatre from scratch, become truthful actors, work with others as an ensemble, and explore both contemporary and ground-breaking texts throughout history.
Drama in the Lower School
In Lower School, lessons focus on practical exploration, with the aim of building students’ confidence. Throughout the First and Second Forms students explore a variety of forms, including: slapstick comedy, studying Charlie Chaplin as an influence; physical theatre, creating a theme park ride; storytelling theatre, using Jack and the Beanstalk as a stimulus; and text-based work, exploring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
Lower School students have the unique opportunity of taking group LAMDA examinations in both First and Second Form, in which they will cover both scripted and devised drama – important skills in GCSE Drama.
Drama in the Middle School
The focus of the lessons continues to be on practical exploration while students further enhance their skills. In the Third Form lessons will cover: physical theatre skills, enhanced through a mask theatre module; an improvisation module, challenging pupils to think spontaneously as a range of characters, exploring status, tension and comedy; and text-work.
At GCSE we attend trips to see the best contemporary theatre including at the nearby Warwick Arts Centre, Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Oxford Playhouse and The Royal Court, London. There are two practical modules that explore devised and scripted theatre alongside a written examination in which students write from the perspective of designer, performer, director and theatre reviewer.
Drama & theatre studies in the Sixth Form
Students are taught in a collaborative environment that develops their confidence, self-expression, creative-thinking and team-work. Students are exposed to a range of inspiring professional theatre and are given the opportunity to work with professional theatre directors, as well as to participate in an extra-curricular performance programme. Drama is recognised as a strong subject choice for students thinking of studying an essay-based subject at university.
Here at Bloxham, we are proud to offer Drama Scholarships. Drama Scholarships are offered 11+, 13+ and 16+ and more information can be found, including entry requirements, on our scholarships webpage.
You can find out more about our teaching staff in the Meet the Team pages.