The Drama department consists of a fully equipped studio, a smaller black box studio, rehearsal rooms, a theory classroom, and a design workshop. In addition to three teaching staff, the department benefits from three technicians, specialising in costume, sound, set and stage management. We also work very closely throughout the year with a member of the music staff, on composition for productions, musical direction of production bands, singing and training the voice.
There is a diverse and exciting range of drama enrichment activities on offer, whether you are studying it as academic subject or not.
Rehearsals are always in progress for a rich and varied programme, which caters for all dramatic talents
In the autumn term there is the opportunity to become involved in a full-scale college production. Open to all students, the production provides creative opportunities for performers (actors, singers or dancers), costume and set designers/makers, stage managers and lighting and sound designers/operators. You will often be working with theatre professionals to achieve a feast of music and sound, acting, singing, dance and striking visual imagery.
Past productions have included a site-specific co-production with the Lawrence Batley Theatre ‘Have you seen Evangeline?’, ‘Beauty and the Beast ’, ‘Grimm’s Tales’ and ‘A Nightmare before Christmas’.
Students involved in this enrichment will be part of a production company of between 60 and 70 students all working on different aspects of the show.
Costume designers and makers will have the opportunity to work with a professional costume designer and you will be able to design and construct a costume or creatively construct items of costumes such as masks or headdresses working with wire or Paper Mache.
Set builders will work alongside the stage managers designing, constructing and painting the larger items of the set and props for the production.
Stage managers will research, source and make props for the production and be responsible for every aspect of running the show, from giving the actors their calls and preparing prop tables to cueing lighting and sound.
Lighting will involve working with an industry professional, designing the lighting states for the show. You will also learn how to rig and focus the lanterns and operate the lighting board on the evenings of the performance.
Sound design involves working in the college’s recording studio to create interesting sound effects as well as being responsible for microphones and the theatre’s sound system.
No experience is necessary in any of these areas just bags of enthusiasm and a willingness to be creative.
We also offer audition technique workshops to prepare students for Drama School and University auditions. This explores the vocal, movement and acting exercises that auditionees will face in the rigorous selection process as well as working on audition speeches and interview technique.
Later in the academic year there is an opportunity to create an original piece of theatre for a local primary school. You will devise, design and perform an exciting show and workshop for a specific group of children. This experience will develop the ability to work creatively with young children and perform in an entertaining energetic show, this is an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in early years teaching or the creative arts. Past shows have included ‘The Anansi Stories’, ‘Revolting Rhymes’ and ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’.