Drama & Theatre Studies
Drama is part of the core curriculum in Years 7 - 9, and all students have the opportunity to practise a range of performance styles and techniques. Drama is a very popular option at GCSE and A Level and success rates are high
We follow the Edexcel course, which combines a substantial practical element with rigorous academic analysis of contemporary creative practice. Theatre Arts is also available at Standard Level and Higher Level for those who wish to follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.
All examination classes receive outside workshops and recent guests have been Timothy Allsop (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Leon Smith (Laban), Simon Pittman (Frantic Assembly) and Dr Giuliano Campo (The British Grotowski Project). Students also visit London regularly to see a range of the best contemporary productions including One Man Two Guv’nors, Beautiful Burnout, Damned by Despair and The Drowned Man.
Drama lessons take place in the superbly equipped Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which has a main stage with seating for 250 people, a Green Room area where teaching takes place and two dressing rooms. The school is fortunate to have such a superb artistic resource. Given the advanced nature of the lighting and sound technology in the PAC, students are encouraged to explore the technical side of theatre production and in recent productions have operated video projections, programmed moving lights and worked with a revolving stage. It is significant that all the productions that are presented at Worth use students in key roles as light and sound designers and technicians.
All students have the opportunity to take LAMDA grades in Acting and Public Speaking. Lessons are offered on an individual or group basis, and success rates are very high. This year, eight students have achieved Grade 8 with distinction across both disciplines.