Drama is very popular here at Ellesmere, whether it is experienced through the many varied productions throughout the year or academic lessons. Lower School drama is provided through our Wednesday afternoon Survive and Thrive programme and by participation in the productions that Lower School pupils produce each year and our Drama Club.
As pupils move into Year 9 they can opt for it as an academic subject, having gained practical experience whilst in Lower School.
School productions across the academic year cater for all age groups and abilities - our theatre is a very busy place and is always in use. When we're not putting on productions ourselves, we bring touring theatre companies into our professional space to broaden our pupil's experience of different theatrical genres. Our most recent touring productions have given us a real cultural range of performance from Eastern Kathakali's 'Hima Sundari' to Oscar Wilde's wonderful farce, 'The Importance of Being Ernest.'
Drama is ideal for developing communication, presentation and confidence skills. We make regular trips to theatres in Shrewsbury, Liverpool and Manchester, and all pupils are encouraged to participate in the many extra-curricular productions at the school. In addition to specialist teaching staff, work is supported by our in-house Arts Centre manager and theatrical technician.
Drama caters for pupils of all ages whether they attend the Lower school Drama Club, opt in to Drama lessons throughout Years 7-9 or take the subject as an optional examination choice at GCSE, 'A' level or IB.