- Mrs J Gold MA
- GB Davies BA (RADA)
The Drama department at Christ College aims to foster in all students a lively interest in Drama as a practical subject and as a living part of our cultural heritage. Students will develop a range of dramatic techniques and develop confidence in working with others as well as gaining skills that they will carry with them throughout their lives. We aim to offer opportunities throughout the school, both on and back stage.
Students begin Drama lessons at KS3 and have two periods of Drama a week. There is then the opportunity for students to study Drama at GCSE following the Edexcel specification, and onto A Level, also following the Edexcel specification.
In addition to this, the department organises a number of extra-curricular activities. Highlights of the year are our main school production, which runs in the Autumn term and the Alway House drama production for Years L7 and L8 in the Summer term. Students also take part in the Middle School (Years M9 and M10) play in the Spring Term each year.
We also organise a Community Project each year that involves parents, staff Old Breconians and current students. Outside theatre companies and performers regularly run workshops at the school - in 2014/15 this involved Complicite Theatre Company, The National Theatre (Curious Incident Workshops), The Willow Globe, Kepow Theatre Company (Comedy Improvisation), The National Theatre of Wales, Theatre Iolo and Wales Millennium Centre. Alongside the English and History departments, theatre trips are organised for each year group both locally and to London, Stratford and Cardiff.
Each year, the House Speech & Drama competition is a highlight of the school calendar with students from all year groups producing exciting and challenging Drama. Students representing Drama at National Level have included places with The National Youth Theatre of Wales and the National Youth Music Theatre. We also have a number of alumni studying Drama, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre courses at Drama Schools and Universities.
Speech & Drama lessons are offered to students throughout the Senior and Junior sections, with students gaining high results in Speech & Drama (LAMDA) exams.
The Drama Department also offers scholarships for 13+ and 16+ entry. For further information on this please click here
Through Drama we aim to give our students the following opportunities:
- to initiate, experiment with and explore issues through drama
- to communicate and respond imaginatively to varied stimuli, using a range of dramatic techniques
- to convey different emotions and characters in ways that engage and affect an audience
- to develop confidence and self-esteem in their day-to-day interaction with others
- to develop sensitivity towards the feelings, opinions and values of others through purposeful interaction
- to understand Drama terminology and use it effectively to describe and evaluate Drama
- to understand the use of skills, strategies and technical elements to enhance performance
Drama can play a significant role in the life of students at Christ College, through curriculum lessons but also with plenty of opportunities to perform in plays, work backstage and attend theatre trips.