Drama & Theatre Studies

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Drama & Theatre Studies

Head of Department
Ms Linda Arthur

Specialist Teacher of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
Ms Jo Doolan

Teacher of Drama/LAMDA
Miss Faith Sutherland

Drama is popular and vibrant at Queen’s Gate. Located in our studios on the ground floor of 131 we encourage and develop creativity, sensitivity and confidence to enable girls to flourish and produce high quality drama. We place the student at the centre of the learning experience, and therefore our drama curriculum has been developed to ensure learning is maximised. Drama is offered as a core subject for Remove, Lower Fourth and Fourth Forms.

At GCSE and A Level, we follow the AQA specifications for higher practical and academic achievement. Speech and drama lessons (LAMDA) are offered to all girls, with many of the senior girls achieving their medals. Drama and Theatre Studies students tend to go on to university, or performing arts schools and colleges.

Opportunities for performing drama and fostering leadership are numerous. Extra-curricular drama is diverse across the year groups. Girls participate in the following:

  • The Annual School Play, held in a local professional theatre
  • Inter-House Drama competition (directed by Lower Sixth Form students)
  • Remove Drama Society
  • Lower Fourth Form Play (directed by senior students)

Parents and families are regularly invited to view performances.

Close to central London, with its abundance of world-class theatre, opera, dance, ballet and art, drama at Queen’s Gate is constantly nourished. Theatre trips and workshops led by professional companies are organised to enrich and foster students’ learning. We hope to instil a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of drama and the performing arts, not only in the curriculum, but also in the wider social culture.

Senior School Plays

Year Play
 2017  Macbeth
 2016  Merrily We Roll Along – 125th Centenary Musical Production
 2015  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
 2014  Pygmalion

GCSE Drama

Why take GCSE Drama?

  • The balance between the controlled assessment tasks and the written examination gives pupils the best opportunity to succeed.
  • To develop a range of vocal and physical skills required in all spheres of life and learning.
  • To foster talent and ability in performance and theatre production.
  • To lay the foundation for further performance and study of theatre at A Level and Tertiary Level.

What is expected of pupils?

  • Students should possess a strong commitment to working positively in a group and have a genuine passion for drama and performing.
  • Students will keep notes on theory, reviews, text analysis, production designs and evaluations of their own performances and that of others.
  • Students will explore a range of roles to demonstrate their creative use of language, movement, and space to explore their ability in all aspects of drama, theatre and theatre design.

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

This course takes place over two years.

  • Students will gain knowledge and understanding of theatre practices through performance, and as an informed audience member.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced performance skills alongside the ability to think independently, make judgements and refine their work in the light of research.
  • Students will analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.
  • Students work in groups of two-eight performers plus, optionally, a director and designers.
  • Students present three extracts from a published plays chosen by the pupils and they choose an influential director, designer, Theatre Company or other practitioner (historical or contemporary) to link to their practical work.
  • Students present their own devised piece of work based on a style of theatre. All presentations will be in front of an invited audience.