Drama is a thriving art form at Hurst and there are numerous opportunities for all students to engage in the theatrical life of the school. Whether students want to take part in one of more than 20 annual extra-curricular productions, or study Drama as an academic subject, we believe that one thing is certain: they will leave us with greater self-confidence, and an abundance of theatrical skills.
All students study Drama in Shell (Year 9) and can opt to explore the subject further at GCSE or A-level. Along this pathway they will improve their practical performance and technical skills, develop an appreciation of live theatre, and learn how to communicate meaning through various styles and genres. They will study a range of theatrical texts, from Ancient Greek comedies to modern-day classics, fostering a love of drama in all its guises.
The department has access to some amazing facilities, including:
- Proscenium-arched Bury Theatre
- Drama studio
- Two newly-built teaching/rehearsal classrooms
- Drama rooms for one-to-one LAMDA lessons
- Costume and props stores
- Access to sound, lighting and staging technology (overseen by two resident technicians)
Extra-curricular opportunities offered by the Drama department are extensive. Each year we stage more than 20 productions, from large-scale musicals with a professional orchestra, to small-scale scripted and devised plays. All productions offer students the opportunity to act, provide technical support or direct.
Drama beyond Hurst
The department runs practical workshops for those wishing to study Drama in higher education. In the past few years, several students have gone on to read Drama at top universities, with others gaining places at prestigious Drama schools both in England and the USA.
Whether you’re a seasoned performer, a backstage whizz or a complete beginner, the Drama department has something to offer you!
Mr Beeby, Director of Drama at Hurst