The Malvern College Drama Department is a thriving and creative force within the College community providing cultural nourishment for our pupils that stimulates their artistic talents.
Drama at Malvern provides every pupil with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience of this subject from both a historical and a practical perspective, whilst developing skills and talents in various aspects of the theatrical process. These opportunities are provided within and outside the academic curriculum.
Rogers Theatre refurbishment
The recently refurbished Rogers Theatre, a former gymnasium and Boxing arena, lies at the heart of the department’s activities. Stage design and set construction are well catered for and there is a large and varied stock of costumes. Pupils are encouraged to play a full part in all aspects of theatre, as actor, stage manager, costume assistant or technician.
Outside of the academic timetable Drama is vibrant and plentiful and there is a framework of productions in evidence throughout the year. Keen dramatists in the Upper Sixth present a valedictory production in October and a large-scale major presentation (Musical or Play) is staged in late November by members of the Lower Sixth and Hundred; a Remove production is staged in January, followed by the house-based, one-act play competition in the Spring Term; in the Summer Term the Foundation Year (Year 9) present a drama production. Biennially we present a Drama Scholars’ play.
In the Foundation Year (Year 9) pupils receive one 55-minute period of Drama per week. The course uses theatre games, improvisations and short script extracts to develop pupils’ skills of movement, response, speech, use of performance space and audience awareness. In the first year of the GCSE course, pupils develop experience of working practically with scripts and on self-devised unscripted pieces. They are expected to work together quickly and purposefully in groups of various sizes and with different people. In the Sixth Form, the A level Drama and Theatre course features a combination of textual study and scripted/devised performances, together with responding to live theatre productions, providing students with a stimulating course with strong practical elements.
Speech and Drama lessons are available by request and are taught in the Music School. Pupils receive coaching and preparation for LAMDA awards or local drama festivals. A programme of live theatre visits to Stratford, London, Cheltenham or Malvern is offered to students of drama.
Whatever your interest is, whatever your talent, the Drama department will support you in your endeavours. There are many ways to become involved, requiring various levels of time and commitment yet being involved in Drama activities often prove to be some of the most rewarding time spent at the College providing life-long memories.
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