With an on-site 200 seat theatre fully equipped with a professional sound and lighting rig, drama really does comes to life at Truro School.
The school runs a number of major productions throughout the year including the annual school play which encompasses all seven year groups.
We are fortunate in the Burrell Theatre to have one of the finest modern theatres in Cornwall. With a seating capacity of 200 and boasting a full professional sound and lighting rig, it is a magnet for touring productions and Cornish companies of the highest quality. We also have a long-standing relationship with cube theatre, our residential professional group. Rehearsals are ‘open’, giving students the opportunity to see professional actors, directors and designers at close quarters.
1st – 2nd Year Drama
Although drama is not a curriculum subject in the first two years, there is no shortage of opportunities for those with theatrical leanings. Each year there is a junior play in the summer term, and, in the first two terms, drama can be taken as a Wednesday afternoon activity.
In collaboration with the English Department, a Shakespeare Festival is held for all 2nd Year students. During this event, every member of the year group performs on stage in a Shakespeare-focused dramatic presentation.
Drama at 3rd Year and GCSE Level
In the 3rd Year, by way of an introduction to drama as a potential GCSE option, all forms come out of English on a carousel basis for a short taster course run by the Head of Drama. Drama GCSE fosters skills and qualities such as teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, flexibility, self-reflection and self-confidence. At GCSE we follow the Edexcel specification, which has a strong practical leaning. There is no written exam, but students are required to produce a substantial portfolio of reflective work, based upon a series of formal structured workshops, as well as a final practical exam.
Drama at A Level
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies provides students with the opportunity to develop their performance skills and learn the theory behind staging dramatic productions. We are fortunate in the Burrell Theatre to have one of the finest modern theatres in Cornwall. With a capacity of 164 and boasting a full professional sound and lighting rig, it is a magnet for touring productions and Cornish companies of the highest quality. We also have a long-standing relationship with cube theatre, our residential professional group. Rehearsals are ‘open’, giving students the opportunity to see professional actors, directors and designers at close quarters.
At both AS and A2, students are assessed through a performance element and a theory component, as well as an integrated coursework unit, which comprises of the study of one play text and three or four theatre visitations. The course follows the AQA specification. Assessment comes both in written and practical form, with analysis of seen productions, research and self-reflection, and students performing a short piece of theatre in front of an examination board moderator. Throughout the course students develop their theatrical skills and confidence and have a number of opportunities to embrace co-curricular learning.
“With such amazing facilities on hand, it would be hard not to get excited about Drama and Theatre Studies at Truro School; being able to perform in a theatre such as the Burrell would whet any actor’s appetite. In my two years at Truro School, I had the opportunity of being in at least seven productions, ranging from classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to musicals and comedies such as Oliver! and A Servant to Two Masters.
As well as providing a valuable qualification and helping you to develop your own personality, Drama and Theatre Studies is a great relationship builder, with friendships evolving through the shared experiences of performance.” – Bethany