Social skills are extended through participation in dramatic productions, concerts and sports teams.

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Drama

Drama enables boys to explore characters and situations, develop their imaginations and learn performance skills. Drama is highly valued at The Beacon, and the boys work to a high standard. Drama is a weekly curriculum lesson in Y3-8.

In the last few years we have had Drama Scholarships awarded to Rugby, Bradfield, Berkhamsted and Shiplake College. Facilities at The Beacon include a Drama Studio, sound and lighting equipment, costume store and flexible staging.

Pre-Prep

  • Christmas Production
  • Annual Poetry Recital Competition
  • Weekly Circle Time and PSHEE sessions, with role play
  • Termly visit by professional company Perform, who do drama workshops with the boys
  • 'Show and Tell', in which the boys practise speaking out loud to an audience
  • Incidental drama and role play in lessons across the curriculum
  • Use of puppets in Reception
  • Role play areas in classrooms
  • Theme days
  • Theatre visits

Years 3 and 4

  • Annual production
  • A weekly class lesson – skills covered include devising from text, improvisation, mime and role play, with much of the work being linked to the English curriculum
  • Individual examinations with the English Speaking Board

Years 5 - 8

  • Annual productions in different year groups, some of which are full-scale productions with lights, sound, set and costume
  • Annual House Debating Competition
  • A weekly class lesson
  • Drama Club as part of Options 
  • After-school Drama Club
  • Suitable candidates are prepared individually for Senior School Drama Scholarships

Recent Productions

Beacon productions in recent years include:

  • Y3 & Y4 production Brilliant the Dinosaur 2014
  • Y6 The Music Man 2014
  • Y8 production Oh! What a Lovely War 2014
  • Y8 production of Lord of the Flies 2015
  • Y6 The Lion King 2015
  • Y4 Hoodwinked 2016
  • Beacon Community Oliver 2016
  • Y6 Return to the Forbidden Planet 2016
  • Y5 Macbeth playlets 2017
  • Y4 Aladdin 2017
  • US production of Pirates of Penzance 2017

We have also taken plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Paper Play in 2014 and Into the Woods in 2016.

 

Social skills are extended through participation in dramatic productions, concerts and sports teams.