Mrs Cathy Ashcroft – Subject Leader/Teacher

Drama and performance is an important part of life at Cartmel Priory School. All students will be offered the opportunity to participate in and go to see,   live performances whilst at Cartmel.

Drama is often used as a learning tool in the classroom where pupils can take part in role play activities, hot seating, improvisation in a range of subject areas.

 Drama is also taught as a part of the English curriculum in KS3 where students will use drama skills to explore set texts that they are following, or develop themes that they are studying using poetry or other stimuli.

At KS4 Drama is taught as a discrete GCSE subject where students follow a programme of study that allows them to work collaboratively to perform a series of modules which can be devised thematic pieces where themes and stimuli are explored and students develop their own drama based on this, or students will read and study a set text and they will have the opportunity to develop a character and make it their own. Recent texts have included Androcles and the Lion, Blue Remembered Hills, The Crucible, Lord of the Flies and Teechers. Students will also be encouraged to watch live drama as a way of developing their own skills through reflecting on those of others. Pupils develop important skills for life such as public speaking, empathy, co-operation as well as thinking skills.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop production skills by filming work, and adding sound and light to shows.

All students will have the opportunity to participate in school productions in either a chorus part or a solo part. Students in the lower school will get the opportunity to have a go at Panto and develop skills in a lower school production. More experienced performers will take leading roles in whole school productions such as recent productions of Bugsy Malone, Grease, Annie, The Addams Family Musical and The Sound of Music. Students are involved in all aspects of the show from acting, singing, musical performance, costume design, make- up and hair, stage management, light and sound production, set design and refreshments.