Drama and Public Speaking
All the World’s a Stage!
William Shakespeare

Drama at West Hill Park is exciting, challenging and rewarding but, above all, it is fun!

Drama forms part of our curriculum and as such is subsumed into the English curriculum for Years 1 - 8. The skills developed through drama workshops,  improvised and scripted performance all help to enrich our pupils’ creativity and confidence, as well as facilitating understanding of poetic imagery, situation and character development in studied literature.

There are public productions from various Year groups every term, and cross-curricular activities ensure that there are constant opportunities to act, sing, dance, cast away inhibitions, acquire poise and confidence, relate to an audience and, most importantly, perform on stage.

Recent productions from our older pupils have included: 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' (2009), 'South Pacific' (2010), 'Alice in Wonderland' (2011), 'Treasure Island' (2012), 'Henry the Tudor Dude' (2012), 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin (2013), 'Pride and Prejudice' (2014), 'Oliver!' (2015), Brecht's 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' (2016), and 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (2016).

Speaking or reading in public plays a vital role in the lives of the West Hill Park children. From entry into the school, children are encouraged to speak out confidently on stage, in class and at local and national venues. It is also demonstrated through class assemblies, reading in public events, such as the Remembrance and Carol Services, and involvement in school committees, particularly the Student Council.

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Auditions take place in the Summer Term 2016 for Year 5 - 8 production of 'The Lion King Jr.' to be staged in March 2017.