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Drama

Scene from The Witches

Drama is a pupil-centred activity focusing on individual response and development.

Through drama, we seek to enhance personal skills by developing communicative ability, self-confidence, versatility and the ability to cope with unforeseen and challenging situations.

The study of Drama should be an enriching, enjoyable and satisfying experience and, to this end, the Drama Department at George Watson’s College provides a secure and stimulating environment where our pupils can work with our widely experienced staff in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

In Drama, pupils are engaged in collective enquiry and exploration. Learning occurs through negotiation, co-operation, participation, presentation, interaction and evaluation. By acting out roles and situations, pupils, as well as gaining in self-confidence, develop a greater understanding and knowledge of real life issues, events, situations and relationships.

Facilities

Situated in George Square at the heart of the Senior School, our modern accommodation consisting of three studios, media suite and student workbase is fully equipped to cater for the needs of our pupils.

Studio 1: The largest and most outstanding of our studios is used for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher performances. It is fully equipped with up-to-date lighting and sound equipment as well as computer, top of the range scenic projector and large screen, ideal for practical workshops and production rehearsals.

Studio 2: is an excellent working space which has a portable lighting system, digital sound system, computer and projector.

Studio 3: The smallest studio is a more intimate space, with a computer, projector, portable lighting and digital sound system. As with all our studios, wall-to-wall black curtains provide the ultimate performance ambience.

All three studios are fitted with soft carpeting, enabling students to learn in a comfortable, safe and relaxed environment where they can produce their best work.

Studio 4: With its wall of make-up lights and mirrors, smart board, projection and sound equipment, as well as four computers, is a multi-purpose room. It may be used as a teaching classroom by staff, for individual and group work by students and, as the make-up room during performances.

Media Suite: This recently developed area, with its plasma screen, seven computers and colour printer is an ideal facility for students creating, editing and burning CDs, making DVDs, posters and photographs within Drama and core Media Studies.

Outside the Department building we have a small outdoor theatre, which is ideal for small groups and in the good weather, for practical class work.

Productions

There are two main Senior School Drama Productions each session. The S3 Production is held in November and previous productions have included The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,  The Witches and Oliver! The end of the Summer Term sees the main Summer Production from S5-S6 pupils with S4-S6 pupils making up the crews for Costume, Props, Media, Stage Management, Lighting, Sound and Set Design. Previous Summer Productions have included, Chicago, Our House and West Side Story.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (S3 Production, November 2021)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (S3 Production, November 2021)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (S3 Production, November 2021)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (S3 Production, November 2021)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (S3 Production, November 2021)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)

Chicago

Chicago (Summer Production 18-21 June 2019)