There are many advantages of doing drama at Queen Anne’s, especially if you are thinking of pursuing a career in the Performing Arts!
- Develop an ability to find creative solutions to practical problems.
- Develop and understand skills of communication, both verbal and non-verbal.
- Develop skills of co-operation, negotiation and tolerance.
- Support and develop self-esteem and confidence.
- Present an idea or theme in a dramatic form.
The drama department (or Dramaramaland as we affectionately call it), is a very busy, buzzy place indeed. With four full-scale productions a year and nearly a hundred girls involved in LAMDA examinations, the Performing Arts Centre is a hive of activity.
Last year, Queen Anne’s School was one of only 200 schools across the country to be selected to take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival, performing a brand new play: ‘Chaos’. Queen Anne’s School also worked in collaboration with Reading School to produce and perform five full scale performances of the famous Les Misérables.
There are, of course, great rewards for the many students who become involved in “things dramatic”: 32 girls took part in last year’s Woodley Festival and we came away with a haul of seven gold medals, five silver and nine bronze, along with four trophies; the Edexcel teacher-training DVD features a group of Queen Anne’s GCSE girls as an example of “outstanding” work; in recent years two QAS girls have been in the top ten in the entire UK for their GCSE marks (out 64,000!).
The drama department regularly welcomes visiting professionals and practitioners: recent examples include: a workshop with RSC actor Gerard Logan; stage fighting workshops with stage combat choreographer Mark Ruddock; and a masterclass from Former Head Girl and now professional actor, Jessica Webber.
Queen Anne’s Performing Arts Centre (“the PAC”) is a modern, purpose-built performance space. It has 258 permanent seats but can accommodate many more with temporary seating. The facility has a control room (housing a computerised lighting and sound system), and a sound recording studio. There are also two rehearsal/class rooms, an office, backstage areas and a dressing room.
Queen Anne’s School is an official RADA Shakespeare Awards Centre.
THE DRAMA CURRICULUM
The department boasts at least four full-scale productions a year. All girls are welcome to audition and/or be involved backstage. Roles are assigned purely on merit not seniority, and girls from all year groups and drama abilities are encouraged to, and do, take part.