“Theatre should enable the mind and uplift the spirit” – Konstantin Stanislavski

At Bower Park Academy, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive classical and contemporary curriculum to instil the demands of the GSCE. With a strong focus on oracy, every student has one drama lesson per week during Years 7 – 9. In this time, the department aims to build transferable life skills such as confidence, creative thinking and independent learning. We aim to cultivate a love of the arts through a variety of thought-provoking and imaginative work, encouraging both students’ creativity and reflection.

During Key Stage 4, students will study WJEC GCSE Drama. Over the two-year course, students will participate in both practical and written workshops designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of acting and the technical elements involved in live theatre, equipping them with the skills and knowledge for further study of the performing arts.

Our drama classes include:

  • Improvisation and devising
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre practitioners: Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Berkoff.
  • Verbatim theatre
  • Script work: Noughts and Crosses, DNA, Antigone, Macbeth.
  • Exploring physicality and character development
  • Rehearsal techniques

All classes are delivered by a dynamic and dedicated teaching team.

Extra-curricular Activities

Running parallel to the department is the vast array of enrichment and ‘out of hours learning’ opportunities that our drama department offers. Opportunities include:

  • The chance to take LAMDA exams
  • The opportunity to perform in school plays
  • KS3 drama club
  • Glee Club and the annual Glee Extravaganza
  • Theatre trips
  • New York performing arts trip
  • Auditions for the National Youth Theatre
  • Casting and film opportunities
  • Havering College 
  • West End shows
  • Bronze Arts Award

Mrs K Lechmere

Head of Performing Arts

If you wish to contact me, my email address is lechmerek@bowerpark.co.uk

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