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Welcome to the Drama Department

“Why are we concerned with Art? To cross our frontiers, exceed our limitations, fill our emptiness – fulfil ourselves. This is not a condition but a process in which what is dark in us slowly becomes transparent.”

Jerzy Grotowski -Theatre Practitioner 1968

Drama is seen as a dynamic and important subject at Rugby High School and is taught at all Key Stages. Students are given the opportunity to study Drama as a subject within its own right: students learn that it is an art form with its own discipline and methodology. The links between Drama and English are recognised and encouraged. It is also recognised that Drama contributes to social and personal development of each student.

At the heart of Drama is acting: students are enabled to put themselves into different situations and take on different roles for a range of different purposes. There is a progression of skills and knowledge throughout Years Seven to Thirteen; skills and knowledge are introduced, and students are called on to revisit and build on these skills as the units of work progress. From the beginning of Year Seven students are taught that Drama is not only about performing: they learn about the four inter–linking processes of the subject. Students are assessed on their practical and written skills in the subject.

The Drama club ‘Uproar’ at Rugby High School provides an important opportunity for students to develop a wide range of drama skills in a friendly, informal environment. There is an annual School Production, which provides students with a wonderful opportunity to work with girls throughout the school, from year eight to year thirteen. Students also have the opportunity to take on roles of responsibility such as lighting and sound technician, set design and backstage support, and helping with promotions and marketing for the vast amount of examination performances and school productions that we do every academic year.

Our facilities include a Drama Studio which is fully equipped with lighting, video and sound equipment and a Drama Classroom which is also equipped with free-standing lighting and sound equipment. Pupils continue to have 100% success rate at both GCSE and A Level, exceeding both National and Regional statistics.

Extra-Curricular Activities of the Department:

  • Theatre trips to London/Birmingham/Stratford-Upon-Avon/Northampton/Oxford..
  • Workshops by leading practitioners (e.g. Frantic Assembly…)
  • ‘Uproar’ the Junior Drama
  • Annual School Production
  • RHS Drama GCSE Festival
  • Showcasing of GCSE, AS & A2 Drama Practical Examinations

Recent School Productions:

  • 2018/19 - 'Arabian Nights', Dominic Cooke
  • 2017/18 - 'The Trial' - Stephen Berkoff
  • 2016/17 - 'Oh What a Lovely War!', Joan Littlewood
  • 2015/16 – ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, Shakespeare
  • 2014/15 – ‘Grimms Tales’, Duffy
  • 2014/15 – ‘The Ashgirl’, Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • 2013/14 – ‘Alice’, Wade
  • 2013 – ‘Under Milk Wood’, Thomas
  • 2012 – ‘Oliver’, Bart
  • 2011 – ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare