This short film celebrates the work of Drama and Theatre students across the school. It contains; year 7 work on the 'play within a play' Pyramus and Thisbe at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream, year 8 staging moments from Oedipus Rex, year 9 devised work exploring the WW2 German Resistance group The White Rose, year 10 particpating in a Viewpoints workshop led by year 12, year 11 exam performances, year 12s' production of the feminist play Morelight and finally, the whole school production of Cabaret.
Drama at South Island follows a progressive curriculum which aims to encourage confidence, independence, co-operation, group and leadership skills and communication as well as fostering a love of the subject, in itself.
Outside of the curriculum, students have an opportunity to get involved in drama activities and develop their skills. There is a lower school drama club that runs throughout the year, which focuses on workshops as well as text work. CAS/Focus Week offers varying opportunities, last year the senior students had the chance to go to Australia to train with one of their foremost physical theatre companies whilst this year a group of students will participate in workshops in Kuala Lumpur.
Alternate years there is a major performance where students across the school are involved. The production of 'Cabaret' in 2011' saw the collaboration of art, design, music and drama students. During the summer term each year there is a school production aimed at students in Years 7-10.
In addition to these events, we have very close links with the Drama Curriculum Departments of the other ESF schools and support each other in seeing productions and work. In the autumn term we have the ESF Drama Conference, which is aimed at post 16 students and involves a day of workshops with outside practitioners and in addition we have professional artistes in residence.