Drama

Monmouth School for Boys DramaThe Drama and Theatre Studies Department is a rapidly expanding department, headed by Mr P.M. Griffin with two other Drama specialist teachers.  Drama is one of the few opportunities students have to work collaboratively and to develop their skills of leadership and negotiation. It is also imperative in today’s competitive world that students have the confidence and skills to present themselves and their ideas to a wider audience. Drama is able to provide that confidence and those  skills.

Productions directed by members of the department take place regularly and involve boys from all years, often joined by girls from our sister school, Monmouth School for Girls.  There are also performances by touring theatre companies in the school’s own theatre, together with trips to regional and London theatres.  While the Drama Studio provides a professional setting for curricular and extra-curricular drama, The Blake Theatre, provides a superb focus for all major productions.

For more information on “The Blake Theatre”, visit the web site theblaketheatre.org.

GCSE

Students develop the techniques of creating, performing and evaluating their own work as well as exploring the works of others. They will study a variety of plays from a practical perspective, developing confidence alongside their acting and directing skills.  They will also watch a range of live productions, discovering different ways to communicate with an audience.

A Level

The course suits those students with an arts leaning and who have a desire to study the development of theatre and its practitioners as well as wanting to produce their own performances. It is also an enjoyable, academic option for those seeking a contrasting fourth Year 12 qualification, providing breadth to Sixth Form studies.

In addition to fostering creative and critical skills, Drama and Theatre Studies also increases confidence and promotes leadership skills along with training in team work.

Experiencing live performances is a vital part of the course and there are ample opportunities to see a range of plays and productions. Students can also help with the running of the Blake Theatre and the many Drama Department events staged throughout the year, giving them valuable “backstage” insight and experience and something interesting to add to their CVs.

Beyond Monmouth School for Boys

Students who have taken drama have moved on to several different arts based courses including: Drama and the Performing Arts; Acting; Dance; Film Studies; Music Technology; English; Journalism/Media, Creative-Writing; Stage-Management and Arts Administration.  We have also seen a considerable number of our Drama students over the years pursue courses in Medicine; Law; Modern languages; Economics; International Relations and History amongst others.

Many students have also continued their dramatic endeavours in such universities as UCL; Bristol; Exeter; Durham; York and Liverpool.