|At Denstone our commitment to drama is absolute and as such, students view the subject with excitement and enthusiasm. Drama plays a central role in achieving the College's ethos of achievement, confidence and happiness for its pupils.
Over the years we have developed extensive opportunities for students of all ages to engage in performances on the stage and increasingly shows have grown in popularity, not just for those who participate on stage, but for those who come to watch too. Our belief in offering drama to everyone means that the subject has evolved as an integral part of the curriculum as well as College life as a whole.
On average, the College produces eighteen performances throughout the school year, each playing host to audiences in excess of 150. Productions range across the dramatic genres, many requiring students to deal with material and styles which challenge expectations. Our philosophy is to encourage experimentation, introduce concepts and techniques and of course provide a sense of fun.
Whilst the First Form enjoy drama as part of their weekly curriculum, the Second Form perform to packed audiences in their Second Form Plays which are written and directed entirely by the Lower Sixth Form. This important debut on the Denstone stage provides many budding actors with the impetus to audition for the College's Third Form play which provides participants with an even greater sense of what theatre at the school is all about.
The Fourth Form and above have the opportunity to star in the College's main school play each year, at the end of the Michaelmas term. This important event provides a wealth of experience for students who are not only interested in treading the boards, but also gives those who are developing interests in technical areas vital experience. It is therefore not unusual for First and Second Formers to be included in these large scale productions where they take some responsibility and learn from more seasoned individuals.
Students are also offered opportunities to experience live theatre throughout the year through our extensive programme of theatre visits closely linked to, but not exclusively for, GCSE and A level students. A small but consistent number of pupils go on to study drama or theatre–related courses in higher education.
Past Drama Productions include:
- Treasure Island
- Wendy and Peter Pan
- Les Misérables
- Arabian Nights
- Animal Farm
- Our Day Out
- West Side Story
- The Canterbury Tales
- The Visit
- Blood Brothers
- I Was a Teenage Jekyll and Hyde
- Forty Years On