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“Drama is life with the boring parts cut out” – Alfred Hitchcock

The drama department at Isleworth & Syon is a vibrant and thriving area of the school which gives students the opportunity to nurture and develop their creativity, confidence and discipline. The curriculum offered across all three key stages is wide-ranging and challenging.

Beyond the requirements of the courses offered, students learn the skills required to work within the industry. Recently, Isleworth & Syon students have taken places to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London Academy of Music and the Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Bristol Old Vic, the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (IAB), St. Mary’s University (Twickenham) and Greenwich University. In addition, students have successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre, RADA Youth Company and Lyric Youth Theatre. One of our boys was even cast in a major motion picture following an open casting in the school!

The subject equips you with skills that are essential for the real world; from delivering a closing statement as a barrister, making a sales pitch, resolving disputes, to simply working in a collaborative and supportive manner.

The department is staffed by specialists in the field of Drama, who are themselves experienced performers, writers and directors.

View the staff team

Curriculum Leader

Mr T McDonnell

Teaching Staff

Miss G Bevis
School Production – ‘Macbeth’ (Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2016)
There is a long tradition of presenting large-scale productions at Isleworth & Syon. Recent shows have included ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, ‘Romeo + Juliet’, ‘The Government Inspector’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life!’

Such productions continue to constitute exciting times in the life of the school. They provide opportunities for students from Isleworth & Syon and The Green School for Girls to display their talents on stage in acting; designing and making scenery and props; in wardrobe and make-up; and as members of the stage management and lighting team. The productions are an opportunity for all students to experience the professional production process of a large scale production, and to work in detail in a variety of areas. Auditions take place in the final week of June for the following year’s production.

Year 7 and 8 Drama Club
Weekly after-school workshops run from January until July for the students with aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. This culminates in a number of performances at Summer Arts & Technology Evening in July.

Theatre Visits
Students attend a wide variety of theatre performances on a regular basis. Recent productions seen include ‘Blue/Orange’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘Our Country’s Good’, ‘Antigone’, ‘Romeo qne Juliet’, ‘King Lear’, ‘Othello’ and ‘Private Peaceful’.