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Curriculum

“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), Bath Spa University, 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. We are very proud that one of our recent alumni, Taheen Modak will be seen in ITV drama ‘The Bay’ in March 2019 and made his West End debut at The Old Vic in early 2019.

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.

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Curriculum Leader

Mr T McDonnell

Teaching Staff

Miss G Bevis
At KS5, we offer A level drama & theatre studies. where, students examine drama practically and in writing to a high academic level. There is sustained study of a series of classic and contemporary drama texts. Additionally, students must create an original piece of drama using the techiques and principles of a key practitioner. There are numerous theatre visits and opportunities to meet theatre and arts professionals in preparation for the written examination at the end of Year 13.
School Production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – November
Auditions take place in the final week of June for the following year’s production. Students can participate as actors or as designers, stage management, lighting or wardrobe/costume. Recent productions include ‘The Government Inspector’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Private Peaceful’ and ‘The Tempest’.

Drama Festival
Showcase of some of the most outstanding work from class from Year 7 to Year 13. An opportunity for students and parents/carers to see the range of talent on show.

Year 7 Drama Club
Weekly afterschool workshops run from September until July for all students in Year 7. This culminates in performances at the Carol Concert, Summer Arts & Technology Evening and end-of-term assemblies.

Year 8 and 9 Drama Club
Weekly afterschool workshops run from January until July for the students. This culminates in a performance at Summer Arts & Technology Evening and a film shown at key events.

Old Vic Schools’ Club
An opportunity for senior students from 10, 11, 12 and 13 to attend theatre production at the Old Vic and receive expert workshops free of charge.

Theatre Visits
Students attend a wide variety of theatre performances on a regular basis. Recent productions seen include ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’, ‘The American Clock’, ‘Hadestown’, ‘Dealing with Clair’, ‘Mood Music’, ‘Fanny and Alexander’ ‘Things I Know to be True’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Twist’, ‘The Girl from the North Country’ and ‘DNA’.