Drama and Theatre

A Stage in Your Life

It is an exciting time for Drama at Brentwood School. The subject is enjoying the natural resurgence that comes with a new, highly skilled and industry trained teaching team as well as being a crucial part of the recently formed Performing Arts Faculty. As the Faculty strives to produce co-curricular work of the highest quality, Drama curriculum is looking to do exactly the same. There is a wealth of teaching talent available to our students and with professional workshops, nearly twenty trips a year, small class sizes, contact with National Theatre, RSC and West End directors, actors and producers and a curriculum designed to challenge pupils up to Drama school level, the future is very bright. Indeed, Drama and Theatre at Brentwood School is absolutely thriving. In the past 18 months there has been a 240% increase in participation in Drama and Theatre  curriculum (GCSE, A Level and IB) and a co-curricular increase of a staggering 420%. 

What skills will this subject help you develop? 

In seeking to realise a role and understand a play text, students hone skills of close-reading and analysis which are extremely useful in studying English Literature and other essay subjects. The written elements of the courses enable students to develop their ability to express themselves clearly and coherently on paper. Many Drama and Theatre students have gone on to Oxbridge and top Russell Group universities to study Literature, PPS, Medicine as well as an array of other subjects where the skills learnt in the Drama studio are seen as crucial and, importantly, transferable. We have a range of comment from Cambridge University admissions tutors and English professors lauding Drama and Theatre as a curriculum subject because of the skills it instils in students. 

Drama is fundamentally about communication and a good Theatre student excels in this area. He or she can thus be an asset in a business meeting, promotional setting or any context where persuasion and clear explanation are important, which includes virtually all areas of human contact. Drama also teaches a number of other skills including vocal awareness and clarity and the ability to work well as part of a team. Much of the time students spend is as part of an ensemble, developing devised work and helping one another to achieve their full potential. Students learn to set clear aims and goals, then work together to achieve them.