Drama plays a pivotal role in education at Terrington Hall. The subject is both specialist taught and explored musically giving the children an innovative and exhilarating experience of stage performance and musical theatre.
Drama is taught under the Performing Arts programme in Music and Drama lessons timetabled for all pupils from Nursery to Year 8. The programme is hugely popular and, together with a wealth of opportunities for all pupils to perform on stage, is designed to foster our pupilsâ€™ performance confidence, with all the benefits in self-assurance and enhanced self-esteem that this brings.
Specialist Drama teaching is delivered to pupils from Nursery to Year 5. The subject is explored through storytelling, puppetry, physical theatre, mime, mask and scripted plays. From Year 3 and above, pupils may join the school's thriving Drama Club under the direction of Ms Audrie Woodhouse. Ms Woodhouse also delivers private speech and drama tuition. Not only nurturing acting skills, these also improve diction, projection, communication and public speaking. Speech and drama pupils are prepared for Trinity Board individual acting exams in which they achieve a 100% pass rate, the majority at merit and distinction.
Throughout their time with us, our pupils have ample opportunity to perform a variety of material via performance poetry, sketches, musicals, plays and solo performances in front of their peers, the school, parents and family.
In Pre-Prep (Nursery to Year 2), performance opportunities include Harvest Festival, the Nativity, the Easter assembly and the end-of-year musical production.
In Lower Prep (Years 3-5), the annual Summer term stage production has delivered many exuberant performances showcasing their talent and bringing new pupils to the fore as they develop in confidence. In recent years these have included Roald Dahl's subversive musical retellings of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, and humorous adaptations of Robin Hood and the life of Samuel Pepys. In addition, Lower Prep pupils deliver poetry recitals at their Christmas and Easter Assemblies.
Upper Prep pupils (Years 6-8) take part in two major stage productions, a play and a musical. Pupils are cast in auditions and every effort is made to ensure that all with the desire to take a lead role has an opportunity to do so in their time at Terrington. Recent plays have included P G Wodehouse's 'Leave it to Psmith', Agatha Christie's 'Black Coffeeâ€™, Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.Â Recent large-scale musicals have included 'Grease', 'Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat', 'We Will Rock You', 'The Ragged Child', 'Bugsy Malone' and â€˜Peter Pantoâ€™.
In addition, Year 8 put on a post-Common Entrance play. This is an opportunity for our leavers to engage with more challenging material, explore more advanced stage technique and take a hand in the set production and staging. Recent productions have included outdoor performances of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night',Â Wyndham's 'The Chrysalids', Brecht's 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' and Nell Leyshon's 'The Beauty Manifesto'.