Drama is often associated with play, especially play that involves pretending to be someone else. This act of ‘play’ is an important element of a student’s learning. Drama is playful in that it draws on and develops young people’s aptitude for learning about themselves and the world around them by pretending to be other people in other situations. Drama is a powerful learning tool for teaching our students about different perspectives, it shows them how to have empathy, and it helps them to learn in a creative and exciting way.
Drama is associated with artistic practices and has significance in a diversity of cultural contexts. As a curriculum subject, it gives students a practical knowledge of how drama works as an art form and encourages them to recognise how drama is integral to cultures in different times and places.
Drama education is particularly closely allied to other art subjects and to English. It supports their teaching of English by developing communication skills, through practical exploration of texts and stimuli. Drama is the perfect vehicle to develop the vital skills of independence, appreciation, concentration, cooperation, confidence, creativity, communication and critical thinking. At St. Mark’s we strive to create a safe space for everyone to be creative, brave and take risks to explore the endless possibility of their imaginations.