The Drama Department at King’s House School is vibrant and thriving. Each year group has a large-scale production to look forward to, with a part for everyone on stage and plenty of opportunities behind the scenes.
Our prop and costume stores are well stocked, ensuring each show is granted a professional feel. Past productions include James and the Giant Peach, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and Hairspray
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) has a healthy undertaking, with two specialist tutors delivering 1:1, duo and group lessons, preparing the boys for graded examinations. Those taking part in LAMDA also have further performance opportunities in the form of assemblies and invitation-only showcases, so that they can demonstrate their pieces before the exams.
The boys are introduced to performance and story-telling – learning the basics of staging, characterisation and script writing. Each boy produces a radio play and in the Autumn term there is a whole year production.
In Year 5 we begin with an introduction to Shakespeare – exploring his characters and themes in the run up to a whole year production in the Spring. In the Summer term the boys learn about collaboration, exploration of creative ideas and improvisation.
Year 6 begins with status and more detailed character work through the exploration of text. We produce a full year production in the Spring term, which may be devised or scripted and in the Summer term we explore site-specific theatre and ensemble work.
Pupils in Year 7 start the academic year with a large-scale production – a highly anticipated event in the King’s House calendar. The Spring term sees the boys look at issue-based theatre. This leads to the creation of student-led workshops and performances. In the Summer we explore Murder Mystery – script writing & devising from a stimulus.
In their final year at King’s House, pupils look at puppetry and physical theatre. Employing techniques from world-class companies such as Frantic Assembly and Gyre & Gimbl, the boys devise their own group performances for peer evaluation. In the Spring we look at text & sub-text as well as advanced skills in monologue and performance, and in the Summer term we produce a student-led comedy cabaret, showcasing the wide array of talents on offer.
Our extra-curricular offering is strong, so that beyond the classroom, there are many opportunities for the boys to shine. For those interested in technical theatre, there is the chance to operate our advanced lighting and sound equipment for our school performances. Drama clubs also provide a space for the increased development of performance and improvisation skills and LAMDA lessons offer guided tuition towards graded Drama examinations, led by specialist tutors.