Welcome to the Drama Department
Greta McTague – Head of Department
Year 8 Programme
The department has a highly successful Gifted and Talented programme for Year 8 in collaboration with Bluebell Arts project, involving two gifted pupils from each of the Year 8 form groups. Over sixteen weeks, Year 8 pupils learn about script-writing, performance techniques and film editing, on a weekly basis.
Our department continues to thrive, with results consistently being well above the NI average. It’s no wonder that we can celebrate the many successes of former pupils, including Derry Girls Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Jamie Lee O’ Donnell amongst others, given how creative and dynamic our department is. At the core of our success is the belief in hard work, commitment, collaborative learning and nurturing a safe environment in which creativity can flourish.
Drama Department Information
‘Blood Brother’s’ theatre visit for years 11, 12and 13 by renowned West End touring company in February.
Pupils from KS5 had major roles in a film about consent, working closely with a professional film crew.
The resumption of the After School Drama Club proved highly successful with up to 50 pupils attending
GCSE and A level pupils attended ‘Mohand and Peter’ – a play about the experiences of refugees.
Year 11 , 12 and 14 pupils participated in Friel Re Imagined workshops as part of the exhibition on the life and creative process of Brian Friel. These workshops including creative writing and screenplay writing and physical theatre.
Year 13 pupils participated in a whole day physical theatre workshop by the wonderful Bruiser Theatre company in The Playhouse.
Former pupil and successful actor Shannon Wilkinson spoke of her award-winning performance at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival and about her life as an actor as part of Careers Week in the school
Year 11 pupils were coached in devising techniques by a group of professional theatre makers from The Playhouse, based around the theme of mental health.