The Performing Arts thrive at Hampton and the Drama Department provides boys with excellent opportunities to develop their interest in acting, directing and technical skills. Staffed by a range of inspirational and experienced teachers, we believe the study of drama promotes social, presentation and communication skills as well as engendering a lifelong love of the Arts and the Stage.
Hampton’s Drama Department is renowned for its standard of excellence and delivers numerous and varied co-curricular productions throughout the academic year. The standard of academic and co-curricular drama productions at Hampton is exceptional and students’ talents are wonderfully showcased in our professional performance venue, The Hammond Theatre. Co-curricular productions include a School Musical with Lady Eleanor Holles, a Junior Musical with Waldegrave School, a Sixth Form directed play, a Lower School play and a Middle School play with Lady Eleanor Holles. This year, the department also plan to take a production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
All pupils studying public examinations are provided with a wide range of opportunities to visit the professional theatre enhancing knowledge of performance and design skills.
AIMS OF DRAMA DEPARTMENT
- Provide a thorough preparation for KS4 and A Level examinations, ensuring each pupil achieves his full academic potential
- Enhance understanding of design and performance through visits to professional plays and involvement with technical duties
- To encourage enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of drama, developing creative and independent thought
Second Year Performances
Third Year Performances
Fourth and fifth Year Performances
Sixth Form Performances
Our professional standard theatre, The Hammond Theatre, is a venue to rival any school in the country and offers the perfect environment for a wide range of performances. It seats 380 people, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology and is run by a full time technical team.
THE DRAMA HALL
Situated in the Garrick building, the hall is used as a performance space, rehearsal and teaching room and as a venue for drama workshops by visiting professional practitioners. The Drama Hall also has a lighting rig and a range of audio visual equipment.
Hampton also offers an excellent dance studio with mirrored walls and wooden sprung floor which is used for academic lessons and co-curricular work. Dances for the School’s biennial musical are rehearsed in the studio, and during lessons it is used as a facility for chorus and movement work.
Boys in the Fourth Year will follow the EDUQAS Drama GCSE course. This is an exciting, inspiring and practical course promoting involvement in and enjoyment of the theatre, helping them understand the medium from both a performance and technical perspective. Pupils will have the opportunity to watch a wide variety of live theatre, developing a critical eye as an informed and thoughtful audience member. They will be developing a wide range of theatrical skills and will apply them to a performance of scripted and devised pieces. This allows them to work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate practical ideas. There is also the opportunity for pupils to work as designers.
The EDUQAS Drama GCSE course comprises three components which contribute to the final examination grade:
- Performing a devised piece of theatre
- Performing extracts from a professional script
- Final written examination
The HSCE is listed in the UCAS Qualifications and Guidebook, a nationally distributed guide, alongside all other National Exam Board subject qualifications.
The current Fifth Year pupils are taking the HSCE Drama course. This is an active and enjoyable course strengthening boys’ practical and academic work. During the course, boys develop and strengthen their performance skills in conjunction with written analysis. There is a strong emphasis on practical work supported by written reflection. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform scripted work and their own original devised work throughout the course.
The proposed course is also complementary to the EDUQAS Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level, providing pupils with an excellent foundation for the course, should they wish to continue their study of Drama during the Sixth Form.
Both the EDUQAS Drama and Theatre AS and A Level are broad and coherent courses, which allow our pupils to develop a high level of awareness and understanding of the roles and processes involved in theatre practice, through a practical and challenging syllabus. Pupils will develop and apply an informed and analytical framework for making, performing and interpreting Drama and Theatre. In lessons, pupils will explore their wide ranging set texts practically in order to inform and develop their theoretical knowledge of Drama. Pupils will have many opportunities to watch a wide variety of live theatre, developing a critical eye as an informed and thoughtful audience member. There is also an opportunity for pupils to work as designers.
The EDUQAS Drama and Theatre AS Level course comprises two components which contribute to the final examination grade:
- Practical performance and portfolio of a scripted and reinterpretation piece
- Written exam on a set text
The EDUQAS Drama and Theatre A Level course comprises three components which contribute to the final examination grade:
- Practical performance and evaluation of a reinterpretation piece
- Scripted and devised performance
- Written exam on a set text
JUNIOR DRAMA CLUB
Open to all boys in the First, Second and Third Year, this club meets during lunchtime, once a week. Students work on their improvisation and performance skills through a series of games and exercises. The group produce an annual performance staged in the Autumn or Summer Term.
TECHNICAL THEATRE CLUB
Pupils meet once a week and learn how to operate and programme the latest lighting and sound equipment in the Hammond Theatre. Hamptonians participating in this club will be under continual guidance and supervision by the Technical Manager and regularly provide backstage support for our Drama productions.
Each student studying Drama will visit the theatre at least once during the year to watch and evaluate a live professional performance. Pupils are also encouraged to see the professional theatre productions that tour to our very own theatre and attend the National Theatre Live screenings at The Hammond Theatre.