Drama is enjoyable, helps to build self-confidence, and improves co-operation skills with peers. Pupils are able to choose Drama as a GCSE option, and study it during Key Stage 3 with theatre trips offered throughout the year to support all key stages of Drama. The College puts on three high-quality drama productions each year, the Year 7 Drama Festival, the Lower School Drama Production which is often a musical, and an Upper School Production or Drama “Showcase” which features both curricular and extra-curricular Drama produced by sixth form pupils along with Dance and stand up comedy.
There are three Drama Clubs: Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. These clubs form the core of the drama which enriches the extra-curricular life of the College. Normally, the clubs take place during lunchtimes. The purpose of such clubs is to build confidence and creativity in the participating pupils. The productions in Upper and Lower School often spring from work begun in the Drama clubs.
The College won ‘School of the Year’ at the Stand Out youth comedy programme in 2011, where pupils got the chance to work with professional comedians before performing themselves. With the tuition of actress Sherril Parsons, the College has a record of 100% LAMDA examination results in Drama, with most Grade 8 students achieving a Distinction. Pupils are given the opportunity to participate in After Words, post-show discussions of live productions at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Old Edwardians who have enjoyed success in acting include the late stage and television actor, Michael Williams; Shaun Evans (Endeavour); Chris Mason (Legend) Sean Mason (Luther/ Scott & Bailey); Sarah Desmond (various theatre appearances); and Abby Mavers (Waterloo Road).
Advent Term: Introductory activities –physical and vocal skills, describing and analysing performance; Begin study of play text (eg. Blood Brothers, Billy Liar, Blue Remembered Hills, Our Day Out). Groups prepare to perform extracts for assessment, logging progress in a diary.
Lent Term: Activities focused on non-naturalistic techniques, introducing theme for devised improvised piece (eg. Liverpool – Culture and History). Groups develop pieces for assessment, logging progress in a diary.
Trinity Term: Begin preparations for another piece (scripted / improvised / devised thematic) for assessment and live production analysis focus.
Advent Term: Revision of physical and vocal skills, exploring Stanislavskian theory and describing and analysing performance; Begin study of 2nd play text (eg. Blood Brothers, Billy Liar, Blue Remembered Hills, Our Day Out). Groups prepare to perform extracts for assessment, logging progress in a diary; Preparation for mock written paper.
Lent Term: Activities focused on non-naturalistic techniques and some Brechtian theory. Introducing theme for devised improvised piece (eg. Teenage Life). Groups develop pieces for assessment, logging progress in a diary.
Trinity Term: Finalise preparations for moderator visit and written exam.