Drama is very popular at Leweston. Lessons are included in the core curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 and include stage and performance skills, improvisation, voice, movement, mime and dance.
There are numerous opportunities to enjoy and participate in drama from House plays to major productions, many of which are staged jointly with local boys' schools. Taking part not only helps girls gain confidence but also gives them the experience of working closely together in a challenging and exhilarating team environment.
As well as imparting a body of knowledge, Drama at Leweston aims to encourage artistic expression, develop ability to work together in the process of shaping theatre and increase self-knowledge. From Years 7 to 9 Drama lessons concentrate on the development of theatre skills, with pupils devising their own pieces and interpreting texts in a practical way. These skills reach a more formal level at GCSE when the girls are introduced to the work of various practitioners and study plays in greater depth. A Level Theatre builds on knowledge and skills developed at GCSE, offering broader and increasingly sophisticated study of theatre and plays. Practical exploration and creating theatre remains, however, at the heart of what we do. Both at GCSE and A Level pupils are required to develop productions for public performance and have many opportunities to experience live theatre.
Extracurricular drama is very busy with visits to the Taunton and Bath and Mid Somerset Festivals where Leweston has an impressive record of achievment, private speech and drama lessons examined by LAMDA, a weekly drama club and opportunities to participate in School productions and assemblies. There is also a Drama Scholars' Company that produces original work and a thriving tech theatre club that meets weekly and involves hands-on use of theatre equipment from lighting to sound. This group is the core of the technical side of every production at Leweston.