Drama: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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Learn the craft of the theatre and step into someone else's shoes each day.

Head of Department: Mrs A Brownlee

Teaching Staff: Miss B Yates


Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting and rewarding subject which offers pupils the opportunity to develop skills of confidence, discipline and creative teamwork. As well as performance skills, crafting of the theatre and technical and design elements are studied.

All year groups studying drama will work towards assessed performances that will often take place in front of an invited audience.  Drama plays a huge role in life at Durham school, with many pupils actively taking part in the range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer; for example the annual school production or house drama competitions.  

After Durham

Many pupils have successfully gone on to undertake acting and performance at top UK Drama schools; with ODs currently studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and ArtsEd.


Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Durham School has given me the aspirations to explore a career in the performing arts. The opportunities given to perform lead roles in school productions, has allowed me to develop a breadth of theatrical skills.

Sam Milton, Old Dunelmian

Acting makes me feel comfortable and able to relax, as I enter another world and forget my own. Drama at Durham school offers you many opportunities, like learning how to handle the pressure of presenting and performing to an audience – essential life skills that will stay with you forever. If you choose to pursue Drama, Durham school offers a wonderful performing space and the teachers give you lots of individual attention and support. 

Stavros Gidopoulos, Year 10

I like to begin a topic in drama, like Zombies and then make up and develop the story from there. I also enjoy working in groups and the warm up activities are really fun. 

Dominic Gaines, Year 9

I like Drama because it is interesting, it builds my confidence and most of all it is fun!

Joely Wood, Year 9

Drama is good because there is no right or wrong answer about how to perform, you are given lots of freedom. The teacher is really inspiring and I love the costumes! 

Tommy Bell, Year 9

I enjoy Drama because you can express yourself in lots of different ways. We work on different topics and ideas and our teacher is really helpful in giving us advice to improve. 

Freya Court, Year 7
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