Drama

At Westbrook Hay we see involvement in Drama as a most important and richly rewarding facet of a child’s education. Drama enables children to develop confidence, to explore and express their imagination, to increase self-awareness and to interact and share in the experience of creative teamwork. Drama provides rich and rewarding experience, and is intrinsic to the development of the whole person.

Drama in the Curriculum

Within the timetable Drama takes place as part of the English Curriculum. Particularly, it is used as a stimulus to creative writing, bringing ideas and characterization to life, while allowing the opportunity for collaborative work and textual exploration. Drama is used in other subject areas, too: for example, in History or Religious Studies, where the enactment of stories and events aids understanding and promotes deeper questioning of the topic being explored.

LAMDA

In addition, Drama sessions are available for all, where such aspects as group and individual dynamics, characterization, role-play, mime and improvisation are explored, and the preparation and performance of scenes from plays takes place – including those written by the children. Performances often take place during School Assemblies. LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams are also prepared for at this time, and these include spoken verse and prose, monologues and duologues. Examinations, for those who wish to be involved, usually take place in school in May.

School Plays

We have a Middle School production at the end of the Christmas term, and an Upper School production at Easter, each involving the majority of the children therein. These take the form of both plays and musicals, enabling the children’s involvement in many areas of theatre – acting, singing, dance, set building, scenery painting, lighting, sound, make up etc – and they are hugely enjoyed by cast, back-stage crew and audience alike.