Drama

 

‘We must all do theatre to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become’ - Augusto Boal

 

At Caldicott we are passionate about ensuring all boys have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and develop lifelong skills which benefit their professional and personal lives. Drama at Caldicott is delivered in an inclusive way that enables every boy to participate fully and benefit from the power of the arts. 

Aims of the Drama Department

  • To engage and enthuse students about theatre and the performing arts.
  • Enable pupils to be familiar with knowledge, principles, skills, techniques, and vocabulary related to Drama.
  • To develop confidence with communicative and collaborative skills.
  • Further develop skills of empathy and observation of the human experience.
  • Develop an understanding of a range of historical, political, social, and cultural contexts through dramatic exploration.
  • Enhance skills of verbal analysis, evaluation, and reflection.

Organisation and Content 

Drama lessons at Caldicott are exciting, stimulating and fun. Boys in Years 3-4 receive an action packed 35-minute lesson each week, with Years 5-6 receiving either a double lesson or two single lessons. Over the course of the year, we explore a range of theatrical skills including mime, choral movement, improvisation, voice, verse, text work and dance. 

We offer every boy the opportunity to be involved in school productions and there are several large-scale productions as well as scripted and devised compositions over the course of the school year. We also hold our annual Silent Movie Competition for Year 6, which after a term of studying silent movie era and melodrama, is hugely popular with the boys. 

Extracurricular 

Drama is offered as an optional evening activity for Senior boys. Our Senior play is one of the highlights of the school year and in recent years we have staged Much Ado About Nothing,  Around the World in 80 Days, My Fair Lady, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Beowulf, and Guys and Dolls. We form a backstage crew for each production to give opportunities to boys who are interested in the technical aspects of theatre.

Boys are offered the opportunity to sit exams with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). They can sit graded examinations from Entry Level all the way through to Bronze Level, which earns them UCAS points. Those signed up to LAMDA will have a 35-minute-long lesson each week with one of our experienced LAMDA teachers and will then be assessed by an external LAMDA examiner. We invite boys to perform in our LAMDA Showcases at the end of term and, in addition, have an annual House Drama Competition which is open to all boys. 

We also offer Playwriting Club and Public Speaking and Communication Skills Club as part of our after-school activities programme. 

Scholarship Programme 

Our scholars programme offers our budding thespians an opportunity to develop their skills and awareness of theatre at a more advanced level, before attempting a scholarship at a senior school. The programme has included private tours of The Globe and the National Theatre, attending productions at senior schools, specialist workshops and one-to-one lessons on portfolio building and audition technique. 

 

Caldicott is also a member of the National Independent Schools' Drama Association (NISDA)


Jo Duncan - Head of Drama

@CaldicottStage