Junior Students performing on a stage

Drama and Theatre

Drama is in many ways unique in its place as a discrete subject, a tool for teaching and learning, and a performance medium. As such, it is one of the most valuable of learning tools, building up a wide variety of transferable skills, ranging from decision-making and role-playing to team-building and innovative thinking. Drama provides an opportunity for all pupils to enhance confidence, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Whatever the involvement in drama, we aim to provide something positive and valuable for everyone: we are proud to add value to the school life of all pupils, not just future artists.

Here at Kent College Dubai, drama is at the heart of the school community. IGCSE and A level Drama and Theatre courses are augmented by a lively programme of Drama activities with opportunities for all to be involved. These include theatre trips, visiting professional theatre companies and a variety of productions and performance opportunities, ranging from extravagant musicals, through more intimate drama productions and informal workshop performances. Kent College Dubai will continue and enhance Kent College Canterbury’s reputation for high-quality, engaging and enjoyable public performances.

“I can take an empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.”
(Peter Brook, Theatre Director, from his book The Empty Space)

At Kent College Dubai we aim to provide rather more than an ‘Empty Space’, with a dedicated Drama Studio (a flexible and well-equipped facility for small-scale performances, rehearsals, workshops and classes) and the 458-seat auditorium/theatre (including sophisticated lighting and sound equipment).

Key Stage 3

Drama is taught as a core subject to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 9. Key Stage 3 Drama provides opportunities for students to create, perform and respond to drama. Each year, students will study and practically explore one Theatre Practitioner and one area of World Theatre. They will also explore different aspects of theatre through devising and working from script.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

At Kent College Dubai, pupils have the opportunity to choose AQA Drama. Through practical and theoretical study, they develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience. They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Students also develop their performance skills, the demonstration of which will form part of the final assessment.

Key Stage 5 (A level)

At Kent College Dubai pupils can select to study A-level Drama and Theatre (AQA). The course is designed to inspire students to become independent theatre-makers with the skills they need to go on to higher education, whether that is to study a course in Drama and Theatre, or another subject. With an emphasis on practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding, pupils learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets) and director. They will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Head of Drama: Thomas Thurston tthurston@kentcollege.ae
I have more than ten year's experience as a teacher, with a background and training in acting and performance. I am looking forward to building a tradition of vibrant, inclusive Drama and Performing Arts at Kent College Dubai.


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