Increasingly the power of drama is being recognised as one of the most effective ways to develop skills and emotional intelligence in young people. Drama promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation, socialisation and problem solving.
The essence of Drama lies in its capacity to provide students with the opportunity to ‘pretend to be someone else’. It is through such acts of imagination that students are able to explore the way they might behave and react in different circumstances and within different social and cultural parameters.
I regard the theatre as
the most immediate way
in which a human being
can share with another the
sense of what it is to be a
At RFSS students will grow to learn about themselves as a person and a performing artist. Students are given the opportunity to develop their appreciation of drama as actors, designers and directors, developing a wide range of key skills throughout their study through carefully selected texts.
Through drama we create and examine people’s actions and attitudes, including our own, and explore their context and consequences. It stimulates the imagination and creativity; it develops a better understanding of human behaviour and empathy with situations that might seem distant. It allows the development of a critical thinking and allows us to make better and more conscious decisions; it encourages us to use our bodies and our voices, it encourages and inspires us to speak out.
Through the use of practical work, students will be able to concentrate on areas of drama which best suit their ability and skills, such as acting. Teachers have the opportunity to teach the artistic intentions of theatre practitioners, and/or theatre companies which are best suited to their students.