The Drama Department is housed in a specialist Drama/Dance Studio within School Leisure Centre. Our extensive courses provide pupils with instructions and guidance in acting skills and public speaking as well as other related areas such as improvisation and stagecraft (eg. lighting, set design, costumes etc.). We also explore the world of theatre from a practical perspective with texts ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary plays.
From September 2017, Drama is taught in Key Stage 3 and is an option at GCSE level. In the Sixth Form, we offer the BTEC Performing Arts course which is more practical in nature than A level Theatre Studies and is widely recognised as a gateway qualification for drama schools and industry. In addition, we offer Speech and Drama lessons (individual and group) as part of our peripatetic system; such pupils will partake in LAMDA examinations and perform in the annual concert.
The department is an integral component of the school’s Performing Arts Academy which has, in recent years, produced both musicals and plays. During the last academic year, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Macbeth’ were performed as large-scale productions.
The department is led by Ms Maposa who joined Kingham Hill in September 2017 and has a wealth of experience with a BA (Hons) in Drama Studies joint Media with Film Studies from the University of Winchester and a MA in Theatre Studies (Applied Drama) from Royal Holloway University. Our Second Deputy, Mr Jones, BMus and MMus from London Goldsmith’s and Royal Holloway University, also teaches Drama (as well as Music) and directs certain productions.