Drama

Drama lessons enable the boys to develop their creativity, confidence and collaboration within a safe and constructive environment.

When teaching the boys to participate in performance we develop characters through:

  • movement
  • work on the use of voice and facial expressions
  • dialogue
  • interaction with other characters

The boys are encouraged to use space and grouping, props and different ways to adapt to an audience. The boys learn to develop an understanding of how to act out plots by dramatising the problem, climax and resolution inherent in the dialogue, adding to the overall excitement of the performance.

Creating dramatic effects through music, lighting, sounds, costume, make-up and scenery are all encouraged.

We regularly provide opportunities for rehearsing, polishing and presenting plays for performance. When reflecting on work in progress, as well as evaluating at the end of a rehearsal period, the boys are encouraged to use appropriate technical vocabulary to analyse their work.

Drama Club

Every boy within the school has weekly drama lessons and can join Drama Club if he becomes interested in doing more outside school.

Individual lessons

Individual drama lessons are also available and they can be tailored to complement school productions.

Live performances

To enhance their understanding of drama and to evolve their own skills, we take the boys to live performances and view a range of plays. This enables us to talk about how theatrical effects are achieved, to collect and consider reviews and to analyse professional programme notes and advertisements, relating these to what they have seen.

Previous school productions

Eaton House Schools staff and pupils have worked together on a variety of productions, including Jungle BellsBugsy MaloneYou Can Call Me KateThe Demon HeadmasterLion RockThe Pied Piper of HamelinOliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, andToad of Toad Hall.