Drama is a popular subject at Hilbre and we offer a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages to get involved. All Key Stage 3 students study Drama each week, and learn skills such as improvisation, team work, theatre design and script work. Drama is an extremely popular choice at GCSE with over 140 students currently studying this course. We also have large numbers of students studying Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level. The majority of students gained an A* - B grade in GCSE last year and we gain outstanding marks at A level with many students continuing the subject at university or Drama School. For example, two past students have been accepted at the Central School of Speech and Drama and LIPA, and another ex-student is now directing musical theatre productions in New York.
Drama lessons include a wide range of activities such as mask work, devising, Greek Theatre, set design and script writing. Students will investigate different theatre styles in order to deepen their knowledge of the subject and develop the quality of their work.
Students of all ages are invited to take part in Drama visits, and trips are frequently organised. Year 9 and Sixth Form students enjoy annual London visits, which include tours of the National Theatre, BBC Studios as well as a West End performance. Other trips are to local theatres such as The Playhouse, The Lowry and The Octagon Theatre, Bolton.
There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities for students of all ages. A weekly Drama club is held for Year 7 students run by Sixth Form and Year 11 Drama students with teacher support. Students in Years 7 to 13 are invited to take part in our school musical productions as actors, musicians, dancers, designers or technical assistants. Each year a group of actors from different year groups perform in the Wirral Arts Festival. Recent performances have included a play about apartheid and a reworking of a Greek tragedy. Both Drama studios are always busy and productive with different students rehearsing most evenings and lunchtimes.