Mrs Cathy Ashcroft – Subject Leader/Teacher

Departmental Christian Value: Kindness

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 across the curriculum, where pupils can take part in role play activities, hot seating and 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, such as Noughts and Crosses, or develop themes that they are studying like compassion using poetry or other stimuli.  Kindness is a focus in Drama as pupils need to work together, to communicate and socialise with each other and give feedback in a supportive setting. The golden rule is core to our work-’Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’

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, eg war and students develop their own drama based on this, or students will read and study a set text and have the opportunity to develop a character and make it their own.  Recent texts have included Alice, Blue Remembered Hills, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, An Inspector Calls and Blood Brothers. Students will also be encouraged to watch live drama as a way of developing their own skills through reflecting on those of others, including visits to theatres such as The Lowry and watching Theatre in Education groups in school. Recent professional productions seen include Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, An Inspector calls and Wicked. Pupils develop important skills for life through Drama and performance, such as public speaking, empathy, resilience, confidence, co-operation, as well as thinking skills and, of course, kindness.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop technical and 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. More experienced performers will take leading roles in whole school productions.  Recent productions include The Sound of Music, Oliver, Shrek, The Lion King, The Greatest Show and Beauty & The Beast. 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.