Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. At Moulsford, pupils learn to apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences to produce a wide variety of work.
Our theatre is well-equipped to allow boys to employ lighting and sound when performing in order to better support their acting skills. In this way, boys are given a stimulating and secure environment to effectively shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses, making use of language, space and general stagecraft.
To support their learning, all boys are given opportunities to perform in school plays - allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the experience of theatre production. The Year 7 play each year is a particular highlight with recent performances including, The Hobbit, Toad of Toad Hall, Animal Farm and The Lion King.
Boys wishing to pursue drama scholarships at their chosen senior schools are well-prepared and fully supported.
Head of Drama
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After graduating with a degree in English and Politics, two possible careers lay before me: teaching English, or working for an NGO or PAC.
Happily, I have found teaching to be an extremely enjoyable vocation and after three successful years teaching English and Drama at secondary schools in Bristol and Bath, I jumped at the chance to take up a teaching position at Moulsford.
Over the years I have taught a number of subjects alongside English and have found this extremely informative in learning about the transferable skills required for boys to participate fully across the curriculum. In particular, good speaking and listening, and an ability to collaborate well with others can have a huge effect on how much boys take from their lessons. As such, I feel that Drama is an essential part of the curriculum, not only as an artistic form of expression, but as a practical way of teaching a wide variety of life skills.
With such a wealth of acting talent at Moulsford I am sure that Drama will continue to be a popular and engaging subject for the boys. Alongside their drama lessons, I thoroughly enjoy working on the various school plays and continue to be amazed by the dedication and maturity which is constantly on display during these events. My simple aim as Head of Drama is to continue pushing the department to greater heights in order to ensure all boys achieve their potential.
When not enthusing boys as to the merits of drama, I am a fair-weather kayaker, an (extremely) amateur baker and a proud but rather sleep-deprived father of three.