Drama is an important activity at Saint Ronan’s and adds to the personal development of the children, as well as enriching their approach to collaboration, performance skills and literacy. With an emphasis on fun, we aim to foster an enthusiasm for Drama and public performance and to that end we offer a number of opportunities for pupils to perform throughout the year, as well as weekly Drama lessons for Years 3, 4 and 5.
In Drama lessons, pupils gain in confidence and develop listening, speaking and improvisation skills. Their awareness of others and ability to co-operate is enhance, and they are able to carry their creative ideas through into action in a process of co-operation, performance and review. Amongst other things, pupils learn techniques such as still-imaging, thought-tracking, improvisation, and devise their own work using these skills.
We are thrilled to be back together again, and this year have successfully produced Twelfth Night for the Coram Shakespeare Film Festival (a national festival which showcases work from around the country). The children of year 5 and 6 have performed a wonderful production of Beauty and the Beast with Frances Yonge (our musical director) back in the fold, after two years absence. This summer we are looking forward to an outdoor production from Year 3 and Year 4 will perform ‘Squids Will Be Squids’ an adaptation of modern fables.