"In surveys, employers are saying qualifications are important but so-called soft skills; character skills, the ability to get on with different people, to articulate yourself clearly, confidence, grit, self-control. Employers are saying they are not seeing enough of this in kids coming out of school."
Nick Hurd, the former Minister for Civil Society - The Telegraph
The Drama Department runs extra-curricular activities including Read’s annual Senior School production, the music and drama evening and house competitions. The department also runs regular theatre trips to support the curriculum and for fun.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils study Drama for one 55-minute period a week. They look at a number of play scripts and devise their own drama, covering basic drama skills. Small classes mean pupils get an opportunity to perform every lesson.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are able to take GCSE Drama in Year 10 & 11. The department follows the AQA syllabus where pupils study one set text, devise their own work and study live theatre. This examined through both practical and written examinations.
Key Stage 5
A-level Drama and Theatre (AQA) is offered at Read School. Pupils study set texts and live theatre as well as studying a number of different drama practitioners and creating their own devised work. Examination is through both practical and written assessment.
The big event in the departmental calendar is the Senior School production performed annually in February/March. The production is open to all pupils from Year 7 – 13 and the ‘reveal’ of each year’s show is eagerly anticipated; 2022 is Wizard of Oz. Auditions take place in the summer term and rehearsals begin as soon as school begins in September. We rehearse after school and at weekends and the whole production is a multi-disciplinary affair with music, dance, DT and Art all collaborating together.
Beauty and the Beast -
"An excellent play with some very talented young people on show tonight.A big pat on the back to everyone involved in putting it all together."
We love theatre trips and in the last few years have visited Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest. We’ve Seen ‘Blood Brothers’ a number of times as a set GCSE text. Other notable visits include ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’, Aladdin in the West End and The National Theatre’s Live productions of ‘One Man Two Guvnors’.
We support pupils who act outside school too and try, when we can, to organise class trips to see and support them in local amateur and professional productions. Recently a pupil wowed audiences in York with her Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Read was there to proudly applaud loudly.
Recently, there were two extracurricular trips which involved the Drama Department. First was the STEM trip to London where drama pupils enjoyed a fabulous backstage tour of Drury Lane Theatre as well as enjoying Aladdin. A summer term trip to Barcelona, saw pupils spend a whole day at the Institute of the Arts working together on improvisation and musical theatre in the university studios situated in beautiful Stiges. What a treat!