The main purpose of Drama at Solefield is to develop self-confidence, trust, working collaboratively and empathy. No matter what a pupil’s ability may be, their contributions are respected and appreciated. Furthermore, we want to promote an enthusiasm for theatre and introduce the power of performance.
Consequently, Drama is an important part of life at Solefield. The boys love acting and thrive in drama lessons which are planned to develop character and self-belief. Timetabled lessons introduce pupils to improvisation, speaking in public, script writing and empathy. Learning to work as a team member is an essential skill which is developed.
In the Autumn Term, Reception to Year 5 boys perform in Christmas plays. In the Spring Term, Years 6 and 7 produce the school play.
Years 6 & 7 boys have recently performed Bugsy Malone, The Pirate Pretender, Guys & Dolls, The Rocky Monster Show, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Henry VIII the Tudor Dude. The school regularly contributes to the Shakespeare Schools Festival, having performed such classics as Henry V.
Drama is further promoted with educational visits to London theatres and Shakespeare’s Globe.