Drama / Theatre Studies
At Ilkley Grammar School (IGS), Drama is taught as a discrete subject within the faculty of Creative Arts. The philosophy of Drama at IGS is that every student has an entitlement to learn through, and about, Drama.
Drama is inclusive. By its very nature Drama is about respecting others’ views and working as a team. Students constantly have to listen to each other, solve problems together, peer assess and set themselves targets.
The KS3 curriculum has been designed to equip students with the discipline, skills, techniques, styles and evaluation tools to support and foster creativity. Students learn in and through the art form. At KS4, students focus on developing their approaches as: Directors, Performers, Designers and Devisers. The A Level Theatre Studies course extends students’ ability to analyse and work within the art form.
Drama staff work closely with the other Creative Arts to develop student’s skills and talents through involvement in school productions, arts evenings and a range of clubs and groups. These include KS3 Drama groups, KS4 workshops and the ‘Backstagers’ group (who organise and operate the technical elements for events and productions, i.e. sound, lighting, stage management and costume).
The department has been involved in workshops with The West Yorkshire Playhouse and with practitioners such as ‘Told by an Idiot’; ‘Splendid Theatre’; ‘Frantic Assembly’; ‘Kneehigh Theatre Company’ and ‘Slunglow Theatre Company’.
Students have performed both here at the school and also at: The King’s Hall, Ilkley; The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Carriageworks Theatre and at the opening of ‘Culture Fusion’ – a derelict mill converted into a YMCA in Bradford.
We aim to involve as many students as possible in our extra-curricular activities. We collaborate with the rest of the Creative Arts team to produce the school production. Our production for 2019/20 was ‘Joseph’ and involved over 100 students in the cast, orchestra and working backstage.
To support students’ achievement, particularly in the examined courses, a number of theatre trips are made during the year.
Lara Ramrattan | Head of Drama