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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), 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.

View the staff team

Curriculum Leader

Mr T McDonnell

Teaching Staff

Miss G Bevis
At KS5, we offer A level drama.
School Production of ‘The Tempest’ – 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 ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Government Inspector’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Private Peaceful’.

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.

National Youth Theatre Auditions
Open to all students from 14 – 19 this is a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop and audition for the National Youth Theatre

Theatre Visits
Students attend a wide variety of theatre performances on a regular basis. Recent productions seen include ‘Mood Music’, ‘Fanny & Alexander’, ‘Things I know to be True’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Girl from the North Country’, ‘Twist’, ‘DNA’ ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’, ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘Layla’s Room’, Blue/Orange’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘The Naked Ape’ and Our Country’s Good’