Drama at Wycombe Abbey International School has gone from strength to strength this year. We started the year by moving into our new home on the 3rd floor of the Arts building, where we are lucky enough to have two state-of-the-art ‘black box’ drama studios, complete with full light and sound stages. Lessons have focused on equipping our pupils with the skills they will need to succeed if they opt to continue their dramatic endeavours at GCSE. As well as learning the technical vocabulary of the stage and theatre, we have focussed on the actor’s repertoire; voice, gesture, expression, body language, movement and proxemics, space and levels, and the main areas of theatre design; sound, light, costume, set, and props.
The pupils have learnt how to read and interpret a scene for meaning, and have learnt how to create an appealing mise en scène themselves. In studying a practical subject like drama, pupils develop empathy, communication skills, and the ability to work together towards a shared goal. They have worked on genre, horror and comedy being their favourites, worked from scripts, and devised and written their own plays. We have also studied Shakespeare; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. Learning Shakespearean monologues provides our pupils with an excellent opportunity to polish their spoken English – pronunciation, intonation, and diction. Studying Shakespeare ‘off the page’ and on the stage has also helped them to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the play, so we did this work in the lead up to their end of year exams in English literature. This show reel is intended to shed some light onto the kind of work we do in the department, I hope you enjoy it.