In an increasingly competitive world, Speech and Communication Skills are becoming more and more important. Through studying Drama students gain a greater sense of confidence about themselves and a greater capacity to express their opinions and beliefs to others. In their Drama lessons students will develop their speech and communication skills, their self-confidence and their ability to work as part of a team.
Drama gives you the key skills to be able to communicate with others as well as the confidence and ability to present information in front of an audience. It develops the students’ knowledge of Literature through the exploration of storylines and play texts from a wide variety of dramatic genres, as well as allowing students the chance to use their imagination and creativity. It gives students a strong ability to discuss a variety of topics and to be able to comment on others work they have seen in a detailed and informed manner. Above all, Drama allows students to gain the confidence to express themselves fully in front of others. The study of Drama will help to develop transferable skills that are vital in the world beyond education. Whatever career path a student takes, the skills developed in Drama will be of great value.
As part of our commitment to ensuring boys are influenced by the most exciting Theatrical experiences we organise a multitude of Theatre visits and workshops from leading Theatre Professionals. We have formed partnerships with Gecko Theatre Company, the London School of Capoeira, choreographers and leading Set designers.
John Lyon Drama Department presents four productions a year and has a excellent reputation built on the standard of these performances. We perform at The Ryan Theatre, Harrow School at the end of the Autumn Term, auditioning girls from local Schools in large scale musical Productions. We are also participants in the National Theatre Connections Scheme, performing at local professional Theatre’s such as the Arts Depot and Watersmeet Theatre. Annually we produce the Year 7 Drama Festival, where all boys in Year 7 perform. We also facilitate the Year 9 Oscars where boys write, film and edit their original short films.
Students can choose to take a GCSE in Drama at the end of Year 9. They will have the opportunity to work creatively in groups on a broad range of tasks. Studying drama is not only for boys who have a particular interest in theatre but for those who wish to take a subject which will continue to develop communication, presentation and group working skills. Students who take GCSE drama have the opportunity to really grow in confidence and develop transferable skills which will be invaluable in the world beyond education.
Obviously for those students who are interested in a career in Drama, Theatre or Media the course will provide an excellent grounding. AS and A-Level courses in Drama and Theatre Studies are offered for those students who wish to take the subject further. Above all, the Drama course is about communication, confidence and teamwork. These are vital skills necessary in all careers. Drama qualifications help students prepare for life and are not just for those students who wish to pursue arts based courses.
After students have completed the A-Level course in Drama and Theatre Studies they may wish to take the subject further by studying it at degree level. They may wish to combine a degree in Drama with another subject.
Some students may wish to pursue a career in the Arts as an actor, theatre technician, lighting designer, sound engineer, stage management etc. There are many career paths they could take.
Some students may wish to take a degree in Drama at one of the many Drama schools and will need to prepare thoroughly for the audition process. These courses are highly competitive.
Whatever career path a student takes the experience of studying drama at A-Level will be of great value as it develops transferable skills that are invaluable in the modern working environment.
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