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Drama / Theatre Studies Department
At Ilkley Grammar School (IGS), Drama is taught as a discrete subject within the faculty of Creative Arts. The philosophy of Drama at IGS is that every student has an entitlement to learn through, and about, Drama.
Drama is inclusive. By its very nature Drama is about respecting others’ views and working as a team. Students constantly have to listen to each other, solve problems together, peer assess and set themselves targets.
The KS3 curriculum has been designed to equip students with the discipline, skills, techniques, styles and evaluation tools to support and foster creativity. Students learn in and through the art form. At KS4, students focus on developing their approaches as: Directors, Performers, Designers and Devisers. The A Level Theatre Studies course extends students’ ability to analyse and work within the art form.
Drama staff work closely with the other Creative Arts to develop student’s skills and talents through involvement in school productions, arts evenings and a range of clubs and groups. These include the KS3 Drama group, the KS4 & 5 Acting and Directing Groups, and the ‘Backstagers’ group (who organise and operate the technical elements for events and productions, i.e. sound, lighting, stage management and costume).
The department has been involved in workshops with The West Yorkshire Playhouse and with practitioners such as ‘Told by an Idiot’; ‘Splendid Theatre’; ‘Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah’; ‘Kneehigh Theatre Company’ and ‘Slunglow Theatre Company’.
Students have performed both here at the school and also at: The King’s Hall, Ilkley; The West Yorkshire Playhouse and at the opening of ‘Culture Fusion’ – a derelict mill converted into a YMCA in Bradford.
In 2013, we successfully applied to be part of National Theatre Connections and produced Lucinda Coxon’s new play ‘What Are They Like?’ both at the school and at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.
In 2014/15 we are producing a production involving Year 8 students which is a devised musical theatre performance inspired by 1920’s America – ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’. We are also involved in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and will be performing a shortened version of ‘Othello’ at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.
In 2015/16 we produced 'Penny Lane' and 'Oliver'
Our whole school production, which involves Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Singing and Media, is based on some on the songs of The Beatles.
To support students’ achievement, particularly in the examined courses, a number of theatre trips are made during the year.