Drama is a growing and thriving subject at Akeley Wood Junior School and is seen as an important channel through which children can express themselves.
All our young thespians participate in drama lessons, which are timetabled for 30 minutes a week. While some will naturally demonstrate particular ‘star quality’, all our children are valued equally for their sterling contribution to our annual productions, and encouraged to get their creative juices flowing by treading the boards. Those who prefer not to perform on stage play a vital role in helping to ensure that the technicalities of sound, lighting, scenery construction, costume and music all run smoothly.
Drama lessons are designed to carve out a unique creative environment where children can play with multiple ideas and explore different ways of interpreting and expressing stories. They examine the many dramatic forms of drama and spoken word such as role-play, improvisation, mime, and puppetry, as well as studying and reading aloud to better comprehend the dramatic content of different texts. Our energetic drama teachers are passionate about the creative expression and self-assurance that acting can unlock, and strive to imbue their lessons with a wide variety of experience and emotion.
Those students showing a particular aptitude or interest in drama may opt to take peripatetic drama lessons (at extra cost) led by tutors from LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), which may lead to a LAMDA qualification.
Bringing together drama enthusiasts from the whole school community, Akeley Wood regularly organises optional theatre trips, offering students the opportunity to see large-scale productions and experience the magic of the theatre.