Aims and Ethos
Drama at The Study is a combination of learning through the process of Drama and acquiring performance skills for production. Girls are taught in a safe and all-inclusive environment in which they feel able to participate at a level they are comfortable with. Techniques and experiences explored in lesson time are reinforced by opportunities to perform to the class, the whole school and to a wider invited audience. Girls can also choose to specialise with extra-curricular Speech and Drama lessons.
In the Pre-Prep Department, Drama is an integral part of the curriculum. Girls use drama and role play in their lessons and are encouraged to perform through assemblies, concerts and productions.
In the Prep Department girls have a weekly Drama lesson with a specialist teacher. In Year 3 the girls are introduced to fundamental Drama skills, speaking and listening exercises, and working as an ensemble to promote teamwork. They enjoy performing to parents during special assemblies, which are produced each year.
The main aim in Year 4 is for girls to consolidate and deepen skills, especially improvisation and character work. They engage in process-led storytelling projects and perform a devised piece of ensemble theatre in the Autumn Term to parents.
In Year 5, girls work to develop skills and techniques to include Mime, Melodrama and Mask work. They use Trestle character masks and create their own working half-masks in a devised piece of performance in the Spring Term.
During Year 6 there is a focus on learning about and performing Shakespeare. The girls learn to devise and explore experimental theatre and script work. They enjoy rehearsing an end of year production which they perform to the school and to their parents, which is one of the theatrical highlights of The Study’s year.
The Study provides a wide range of scripts, props, costumes and masks which are used in Drama lessons. The girls learn about working with music and sound effects, and we hire professional sound and lighting equipment for our large scale productions.
Beyond the Classroom
We enjoy trips to theatres and concert halls. The school is fortunate to have two wonderful theatres on its doorstep, The New Wimbledon Theatre and The Polka Theatre, and we also go further afield. Visiting theatre companies are invited into school to perform and to get the girls involved in productions and workshops.
Each year, a large scale production is planned for the older girls at Spencer House and the Reception Nativity and assemblies and performances throughout the year provides the younger girls with the chance to perform, sing and dance to an audience.
We have a Drama Club at both Houses and from Year 4, girls may join the LAMDA programme. They are coached in performance skills by professional teaching staff and take examinations. The examination results are consistently outstanding, with the majority of girls obtaining Distinctions.