Head of Department – Mr David Langley
Mrs Sarah Peacock
Ms Paula Willcox
Mr Iestyn Griffith (Technician)
Drama holds a mirror up to ourselves; it is a constantly changing, alive medium with insights into every facet of human nature. It allows students to express themselves, think on their feet, learn how to function within a group, and explore the history and development of theatre and the performing arts.
The Drama Department is extremely well resourced with its own professionally equipped 180-seat Julian Slade Theatre, the impressive Mackintosh Dance Studio and modern technical facilities and equipment. We are also very fortunate in having a dedicated theatre technician to support all productions taking place in the college.
On average between 20 and 25 productions a year take place under the umbrella of the department. Drama is offered to all year groups and is taken at both GCSE and A Level.
As well as offering drama to every student at the school, we are also very proud of our successes in placing students at nationally and internationally recognised drama and dance schools such as The Actors Studio in New York, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Guildhall School of Speech and Drama and more locally Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Many students go on to pursue professional careers in the performing arts in theatre, television and film, both in front of the lights and behind the scenes as directors, producers and technicians.
Many students whilst at the College will take part in auditions for television and film work as well as theatre and dance pieces, offered professionally through our network of contacts within the industry. We also very lucky to be supported by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who has been very generous in the development of the department over the past few years.
The Drama Department at Prior Park is a lively, diverse and extremely busy area of the school that has the enthusiasm and commitment of its staff and students as its central strength.