Drama is a fun, exciting and important part of the Buchan curriculum.
Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening through drama very early on in pre-prep with interactive storytelling, promoting confidence, eagerness and strong communication skills.
This continues to develop as the children enter the prep department. Each year group delve into a period of theatrical history, from the origins of Greek Theatre and Choral Speaking, through Elizabethan theatre with an especially strong emphasis upon the works of Shakespeare, through to more modern techniques such as mime, commedia dell'arte and creative movement.
All of Form 3 and Form 4 are entered into the LAMDA Public Speaking exams. Since beginning the Scheme, every child entered has achieved an enviable 'Distinction', the highest grade available.
There are numerous opportunities for the children to perform throughout the year. Recent performances have included Form 2 re-enacting the Mystery Play in St. Thomas' Chapel at King Williams College for Easter, Form 4 producing and recording their own radio plays, such as the groundbreaking 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' Film making has also become a favourite project amongst the pupils of Form 1 and Form 3, and we hope you take the time to follow the links and enjoy some of their work.
During the Ssummer term Form 4 rehearse and produce a large scale end of year production. These have included a magical 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with punk fairies and an eclectic rock soundtrack, a spin on Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' performed al fresco in our very own open-air theatre, a breath taking multi-media 'Tempest', through to Neil Gaiman's modern creepy classic 'Coraline.'
We thrive on being an ambitious department and are proud to be leading the way in artistic excellence for young children.