The pupils are given the opportunity to perform in the MAD Evenings, House Plays, Junior Production and Whole School Production. Performances have included Guys and Dolls, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and Dracula.
Outside of School students have performed in performances at The Gaiety Theatre, such as Oklahoma and The Little Mermaid. They are also encouraged to participate in Island-wide competitions including, the Guild, The Next Big Thing, Young Actor of Mann, Rotary Public Speaking and the Thomas Cranmer Bible Reading. The LAMDA Exams take place once a year and every student takes part.
Theatre trips have included excursions to London to see The 39 Steps, along with backstage tours of Matilda and The Royal National Theatre, and to Japan to watch the Kabuki Theatre . The students have also experienced workshops from companies such as Frantic Assembly and The National Youth Theatre.
IGCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. Pupils will play many parts in different imaginary situations and have the opportunity to create their own work, as well as look at plays written by other people.
IB Theatre is offered at both Standard Level and Higher Level. The theatre course offers a common core syllabus. Students develop their personal research and extend their understanding of the ideas, practices and concepts covered during the course. They experience being a performer, creator, director and designer and apply different theorists and devising companies’ ideas.
Students will be taught to create, adapt and sustain different roles, individually and in groups. Use character, action and narrative to convey stories, themes, emotions and ideas in plays they devise and script, use dramatic techniques to explore characters and issues and evaluate how they and others have contributed to the overall effectiveness of performances.
Students will be taught knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of activities, context and purposes. They will gain a breadth of study to become an open-minded, reflective, knowledgeable and culturally aware student.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students