Drama is not just an academic subject, but a life experience that encourages girls to use their imaginations and express themselves freely. At Truro High, pupils are first introduced to drama in the Prep School when basic movement and voice skills are taught through improvisation and story-telling. These skills are developed in the Senior School when the girls learn to create plays from a range of sources to produce effective drama.
At GCSE, we follow the AQA examination syllabus, focusing mainly on acting and improvisation – although top marks have also been achieved by girls choosing to specialise in props and stage management. At A Level, students study a variety of plays as well as the work and theories of key directors.
There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy drama outside of the classroom. We do a major school production each year, run a weekly theatre club, offer the chance of doing a variety of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art awards, organise theatre visits locally and nationally and support pupils who want to pursue drama further afield. In recent years, for example, girls have taken part in the BBC’s ‘Off by Heart’ Shakespeare competition and the ‘Raise your Voice’ project which involved working with West End professionals at the Minack Theatre. They have also done work experience with prestigious companies like the Miracle Theatre Company and Kneehigh.