What is Drama?
For thousands of years, and in every culture, people have sought to express themselves through the enacting of stories. This, and watching theatre, satisfies a fundamental urge in all of us, whether it be Shakespeare, Comedy, Musical or Greek Tragedy, Drama and Theatre provides students with an academic and cultural challenge that few other subjects can. It encompasses a wide range of styles, skills and themes, many of which have highly useful applications in one’s social and professional life. For example, a successful Drama student often draws on areas such as History, English Literature, Sociology, Politics, Modern Foreign Languages and Psychology when working through the course.
West End theatres have never been busier and modern Drama is enjoying a highly innovative, exciting period - British theatre is quite easily the envy of the rest of the theatrical world. This country is justly celebrated for the standards of its theatre, and the writers, actors and directors it provides for the film, television and advertising industries on an international scale.
Brentwood sits on the fringe of the home of theatre. Already this term we have welcomed the director of Curious Incident, two current members of the RSC, a member of Max Stafford-Clark’s Out of Join theatre company and National Theatre dramaturges into school to work with our students. Our drama team is extremely well connected, many of them still actively working in the professional theatre world. Their knowledge and experience helps our students gain the very highest marks and secure exciting and flourishing futures.
Theatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, taking risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.
What Higher Education opportunities does Drama offer?
Students might opt to continue their interest in this subject by attending specialist institutions such as LAMDA, RADA and The Central School of Speech and Drama and we are proud of our record in placing Sixth Formers into such prestigious and highly competitive colleges. However, many students elect to study Drama at university or in combination with the increasing number of subjects with which it can be combined, especially English and Psychology.
In the past ten years, many of our students who studied Drama and Theatre at A Level or IB went on to study at Russell Group and Oxbridge Universities. One of our current A Level students, Josh Portway, is heading off to Oxford to study History and Politics in October. In a market where creativity is officially the most sought after FTSE 100 desirable skill, Drama and Theatre has never been so appealing.
What careers are open to graduates in this subject?
There is an extremely broad range of career opportunities open to Drama graduates. The rapidly expanding world of the media (television, radio, film, newspapers, and online news sites) is an obvious example, but advertising, teaching, marketing and promotion are just a few of the others. Drama students bring essential skills to the workplace: in any career path where ‘people skills’ count, Drama students find themselves at a distinct advantage. There are plenty of students who have gone on to study Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and finance with an A Level in Drama and Theatre.
Many students are offered Oxbridge interviews but only a handful get in each year. It is amazing how high the percentage statistics are for Drama students who attend and succeed at interview level and evinces perfectly the soft skills and creative thinking that we naturally instil in our students.