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Drama stimulates and excites pupils. An outlet for self-expression, it allows the development of artistic awareness and imagination. It promotes confidence, fluency of speech and allows the demon 'stage fright' to be met head on and vanquished!
Ever popular, the opportunities for drama at Berkhampstead are seized eagerly by pupils and performances are thoroughly enjoyed by staff, the children and the appreciative audiences of parents and friends.
Pupils learn organisation, co-operation, self-respect and respect for others, discipline and self-knowledge.
It all begins with Early Years’ concerts, then moves on to Pre-Prep Nativity plays and class assemblies; children at Berkhampstead become very used to being on stage, standing tall and speaking out. Harvest Festivals, Christmas Nativities and services are held at All Saints’ Church and give children the opportunity to perform in a different venue with a large audience - the children rise to this!
Our Own Shows
When children reach Year 2, they graduate to the ambitious and wonderful productions penned by our Deputy Head. With original songs, costumes and roles for all, they stimulate and stretch.
All of Year 2 take part in the Verse Speaking section at Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts.
Eventually they reach large scale productions as they enter their final years at Berkhampstead, and the Leavers’ Play is a real highlight of Year 6.
The Berkhampstead Drama Department is dedicated to:
The harmonious education of every single pupil.
Actors working as a team.
Encouraging support and friendship amongst actors.
Using the finest literature available to develop pupils’ education and self-knowledge to the highest degree.
The range is wide and includes performances of Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies, Alice - The Musical, Shake, Ripple and Roll, Archibald’s War, Emil and the Detectives, Dear Edwina, Guys and Dolls, Bugsy Malone and the hilarious Pirates of the Curry Bean.
Exploring feelings and performing scenarios, building on these to prepare for productions - there is always lots going on in the Drama department.
Through drama, empathy and self-control develop. Children view the world from other people’s perspectives, tune into peers’ and adults’ feelings and most importantly have fun being someone else!
Drama is an integral part of School life and a part which is great fun!