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Drama at Haileybury offers an exceptional opportunity for self-expression, communication and reflection.

At GCSE level, pupils will research a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre.

They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Furthermore, pupils will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination.

GCSE Drama is an excellent starting point for further study at A Level or IB Diploma and for university degree courses. Pupils develop creative skills, as well as knowledge and
understanding of the arts, preparing them to study a broad range of subjects. Many go on to drama and theatre degrees or to drama school. Much of the skills developed in drama are transferable and in the past our pupils have been able to apply them to the study of humanities subjects, literature, law, sociology, psychology, and education.

Outside the classroom, each year there are four co-curricular drama performances as well as a range of clubs and technical workshops that pupils can get involved in to enhance their passion on or behind the stage. Our major school productions have, in recent years, been performed in the Hertford Theatre and opened up to the public.

Pupils also have the opportunity to take LAMDA lessons, working with an excellent team of tutors through Exam Stars at Haileybury, who provide first-class tuition on a solo, paired or group basis. Pupils can participate in Acting, Improvisation, Public Speaking and Shakespeare examinations.

Drama is offered as GCSE and A level courses.

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