After School Activities
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The Drama programme offered at The Leys is rich, varied and inclusive. Drama is highly valued and there are opportunities for every year group to be involved in a production during the school year. We are also very fortunate to have a close relationship with the Charing Cross Theatre in London, and every other year a group of Upper School pupils are able to spend a week there, learning about all aspects of professional theatre.
Our resident Director of Performance Drama brings a wealth of professional acting and directing experience to the department and is able to concentrate on specific aspects of performance and theatre, and she is supported by our full time Theatre Manager and two professional technicians. Individual support is also available from the Director of Performance Drama for any pupils wishing to audition for National Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre and Drama School entry, and we also run a Year 9 Drama club and Theatre Craft sessions (Backstage Theatre Company).
For those pupils passionate about performing, as well as those who are interested in lighting, sound and other backstage elements of theatre, there is the opportunity to audition for a Drama Scholarship. The Scholarships are offered at entry to Y9 and Y12, and there is a yearly Scholars’ Showcase performance in which Scholars of all ages come together to showcase their work. The Director of Performance Drama mentors the Drama Scholars, guiding them in all aspects and skills of performance both on and off stage.
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons are offered, with many pupils benefitting from our excellent LAMDA teachers and achieving outstanding results in examinations. LAMDA has a renowned reputation within the theatrical industry and in addition to the Wider Curriculum drama here at the Leys, gives pupils confidence both in and outside of the classroom.
Performance Drama is thriving at The Leys and we believe that it enriches pupils not only from a performance perspective, but also gives them a rounded philosophy and skills that are invaluable in all aspects of life.
John Johnson joins The Leys as Director of Drama and Theatre from Seaford College where he has been Head of Drama and Media Studies. Previous to this he worked as Director of Drama at Christ’s Hospital school and as Head of Creative Arts at Christ’s College Brecon. He is currently a Team Leader for practical examining and theory moderating for units at both GCSE Drama and A Level Drama and Theatre.
John is a current reviewer for The British Theatre Guide and has had theatre reviews published in The Independent Newspaper as well as local publications such as The Newham Recorder. He has written various Digital Theatre Online Education Packs and is a regular contributor to Drama and Theatre Magazine.
As an actor John toured Italy with Il Palchetto Stage, the U.K. with The National Trust Theatre company and created his own work at The Edinburgh Festival with Minus One Theatre Company. He has worked on TV shows such as Crimewatch, Casualty and The Bill, and was also part of the London Short Film Festival, taking a leading role in ‘Out of Time.’ Most recently, John has acted with The Willow Globe Theatre Company in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and with Open Stage on ‘The Three Sisters’, ‘Hecuba’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost.’