- Vibrant and Energetic Department covering GSCE through to AS and A2
- Large scale annual production, from 'Oliver' to 'Whistle down the Wind' in local theatres
- Many local and national theatre trips throughout the year
- Productions showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- National Theatre Shell Connections Project each year
- Shakespeare Schools' Festival
Drama at Westfield is a growing, vibrant, energetic and vital part of school life. Its activities range from big whole school productions, smaller scale productions both in and out of school, cross curricular work and separate dedicated drama lessons. The emphasis is on creating an atmosphere of trust where learning can be fun and enjoyable, building confidence and vital skills needed not only in their work in this area but throughout their school life at Westfield.
Every girl is encouraged to take an active part in performance work. We have a strong tradition of large scale annual productions here. A large percentage of the girls not in exam years either participate front or backstage. Productions as varied as Bugsy Malone, Oliver, Midsummer Nights Dream, The Boy Friend, Whistle Down the Wind and The Ragged Child, The Dreaming, The Willow Pattern, The Shoemaker's Incredible Wife, Dido and Aeneas and Macbeth have been performed in recent years. This is an exciting chance for all the girls and now a major part of the school calendar. We perform both in school and in major theatres throughout the region. Other productions include work by both the GCSE, AS and A2 year groups. These vary from devised work by the girls themselves to major productions such as Blue Remembered Hills, Fen, Top Girls, Kindertransport, Equus, and The Love of a Nightingale which recently went to the Edinburgh Festival to excellent reviews.
Past productions include Noah's Flood and The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten, a new play with the National Theatre, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Maids by Genet and many small scale plays including an inter house Drama competition.
We have now participated successfully in the National Theatre Shell Connections Festival for three years performing new plays by nationally known play wrights.
Each girl has a one hour and ten minute lesson every two weeks at present in U3 to U4 (years 7-9). They cover a very varied course of work ranging from acting and improvising skills to mask making and design work. We are also embarking on an exciting and extensive programme of work with other departments including for example a project on Particle Theory with Art, Music and Science for U3 (year 7) and a project on Ethics between RE and the Biology department. Other projects in the pipeline include building language skills with the French department.
We have a very full diary of taking girls to see the rich variety of theatre available in Newcastle’s several excellent theatres as well as bringing theatre companies into school such as Lynx Theatre and Theatre Sans Frontiere.
We have excellent exam results:
A2 - 50% pass rate - A-C
AS - 85% pass rate - A-C
GCSE - 100% pass rate - A-C
All in all, drama is a very important and exciting part of school life at Westfield.
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Mr Walker's Monthly Column in The Journal
20 February 2018
See Mr Walker's debut column from last Thursday. Look out for his regular slot - next one is 15th March