In St Louis Grammar we are beyond fortunate with our Drama facilities having recently moved our Department to the state of the art, purpose built Centre of Excellence for Creative and Expressive Arts housed in the newly renovated Kintullagh House.
The Drama department continues to thrive in these surroundings with the students being afforded outstanding opportunities with the space available to them.
Students in KS3 experience Drama in one of two specialist classrooms, while those in KS4 and 5 not only use these rooms but have access to an extra rehearsal space shared in collaboration with the MIA Department.
Key Stage 3
Drama at Key Stage 3 aims primarily at helping the students develop personal and communication skills. They are encouraged to become involved with others, to discuss, experiment, problem-solve and perform. Students are introduced to basic acting, design and directorial techniques. The Year 8 Drama Festival provides an opportunity for this year group to display these skills and to compete for the Year 8 cup.
All Year 8 students are given the opportunity to participate in the Year 8 Drama Society which is facilitated by Year 13 and 14 Drama Mentors under the supervision of Miss McCann.
Key Stage 4
St Louis offers students the option to study Drama at GCSE. The course encourages an awareness of self and mutual respect in a dramatic context and promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the drama process. Integral to the course is an exploration and understanding of dramatic texts.
Students may choose to study Drama and Theatre Studies at AS Level and at A Level. The course provides an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. It enables students to acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.
This qualification can be used as part of the entry requirement into other subject areas and by those wishing to pursue any career that involves communication and people-orientated skills.
St Louis has long enjoyed the reputation of being a centre of dramatic excellence. We view the school production as a whole school celebration of our talents and choose material that both enables and challenges our students. Our most recent productions include “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Hairspray.” We have had the great privilege of staging these in The Braid Arts Centre, giving the students the unique experience of performing on a professional stage.
Mrs S Devlin (Head of Department)
Miss N McCann