Drama at Durham school inspires keen performers and provides them with the opportunities to develop their skills and showcase their talents. The department runs from its own fully functioning theatre, The Luce, where many GCSE, A Level and whole school productions take place.
Pupils study drama at KS3; developing their performance skills and drama is offered both at GCSE and A Level. The facilities and support offered at Durham school allows pupils to pursue their interests in acting, technical design or even directing. Many pupils at Durham school take an active interest in the full range of drama activity on offer; with the student technical and production team often providing the lighting and sound for performance.
Co-curricular drama is at the heart of Durham School with many students participating with enthusiasm in drama events, regardless of whether they have chosen to study drama as a GCSE or A Level option. Pupils enjoy participating in the range of drama events on offer, including regular house drama competitions, drama clubs and whole school productions.
Recent Upper school productions include; Grease (2016) - which had a highly successful four show run in the Gala Theatre, Durham, The Crucible (2016), The Fighter (2017)- an original piece which explored the struggles of PTSD, Oliver! (2018) and Pride and Prejudice (2019).
Lower school productions include; Julius Caesar (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Alice in Wonderland (2017) and Peter Pan (2019).
Drama at Durham nurtures pupils to succeed, with curricular and co-curricular opportunities designed for those who may wish to pursue a career in the theatre and for those who prefer to pursue it as an interest. The standard of ability and achievement in drama at Durham School is extremely high and many extremely talented pupils have passed through the school and gone on to study Drama and Theatre at University or at Drama school, including recent ODs studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and ArtsEd.
Pupils are also offered the opportunity of taking private speech and drama lessons and to be entered for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations, where we have an excellent record of results. In 2017, all pupils entered achived a Merit or Distinction in their examinations, ranging from Acting Grade 1 through to Gold Medal Award in Acting.
Drama at Bow
At Bow, The Pre-prep Nativity Musical is the highlight of the Christmas term, with seats much sought after! The top two years at Bow (Years 5 and 6) perform their production in the second half of the Easter Term and years 3 and 4 entertain us during the summer term.