Aims of the Department
The Drama department aims to build our students’ confidence and deepen their emotional intelligence in preparation for the rest of their social and academic lives. Through Drama we explore self-expression, communication and issues which are relevant to our students.
The Drama department makes excellent use of the wealth of opportunity on our doorstep in London. This year all students will be working with industry professionals to make their own films which will be screened at the end of year Film Festival. Some students will also be writing, directing and performing in their own plays at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre to a public audience.
LAMDA lessons are popular with many students at Fulham Boys’ School. Students have one-to-one acting lessons and work towards an exam.
In Year 7, students study how to create a character, what empathy means, Forum Theatre and improvisation. Students have the opportunity to play out a variety of scenarios, from getting a job to making new friends. Through Forum Theatre, students can replay moments and analyse how effective different approaches to a situation are. In our WW1 scheme, we look at what it means to be kind and supportive towards people who are supposedly ‘the enemy’.
Drama: Characterisation/ Stanislavski/ Empathy/ Forum Theatre/ Improvisation
Context: WW1/ The Workplace/ Haunted House/ Around the World
Students in Year 8 explore a range of theatre practitioners, playwrights and improvisational techniques. The have plenty of performance opportunities in which they hone their devising skills and develop their taste. Students translate Shakespeare into hip-hop verse.
Drama: Pantomime/ Shakespeare/ Devising/ Storytelling/ Stylised Theatre/ Stanislavski
Context: Hip-hop music/ The Media/ Fairy Tales/ Morals
Students in Year 9 explore and debate relevant issues through the study of key texts. Students will play up to six different roles in one performance as they explore stereotypes in Bouncers by John Godber. They fine tune their performance, directing and evaluative skills while expanding their knowledge of a range of theatre practitioners. Students then apply this knowledge to their devised work.
Drama: Devising/ Godber/ Berkoff/ Stanislavski/ Greek Theatre/ Melodrama/ Slapstick
Context: Bouncers and Stereotypes/ Animal Farm and Revolution/ Slow Time and Crime