Drama plays a pivotal role in the education at Terrington Hall. The subject is both specialist taught and musically explored, 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 pupilsâ€™ performance confidence, with all the benefits in self-assurance and enhanced self-esteem that this brings.
Drama is also taught privately in school. Not only nurturing acting skills, these lessons also improve diction, projection, communication and public speaking. Speech and drama pupils are prepared for individual acting exams in which they have achieved a 100% pass rate, the majority at merit and distinction.
Throughout their time with us, our pupils have plenty of opportunities to perform in front of their peers and families. There are drama recitals each term, two annual concerts and productions for each part of the school.
In Pre-Prep (Nursery to Year 2), performance opportunities include the 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 Oink!, The Pirates of the Curry Bean, Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies and Ye-Ha! In addition, Lower Prep pupils deliver poetry recitals at their Christmas and Easter Assemblies.
All Upper Prep pupils (Years 6-8) take part in two major stage productions each year, a play and a musical. Recent large-scale musicals have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, The Sound of Music, Peter Panto and Bugsy Malone. Recent plays have included Dickens's A Christmas Carol and abridgements of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
In addition, Year 8 put on a post Common Entrance play. This is a final opportunity for our leavers to perform as a year group in a short, lighthearted comedy. Recent productions have included Ghost Writer, Domby Dom, Half an Idea and an adaptation of â€˜Aliceâ€™s Adventures in Wonderlandâ€™.