There are also extra drama activities, coaching sessions for potential scholars, theatre trips, the opportunity to take additional LAMDA classes and also workshops from external specialists. The Young Shakespeare Company recently ran workshops with each individual year group exploring the different aspects of Romeo and Juliet. Children are also encouraged to write, direct and perform their own work and other performance opportunities include assemblies, poetry festivals and Open Day. Academic drama, covering many styles and genres including: Commedia Dell’Arte, Melodrama, Realism, Epic theatre and mask work in our spacious studio, is both challenging and rewarding and covers important texts and key practitioners. Children are encouraged to create original work to demonstrate their understanding of the style in question and are assessed regularly in a fair, consistent and non-pressured way.
Every year, Windlesham children gain drama scholarships to such schools as: Wellington, Harrow, Malvern and Lancing. Preparation for these scholarships includes theatre trips and extra study sessions. Windlesham children have also gained places at the national youth music theatre and in theatrical agencies and have gone on to be professional actors in film, television and as part of the RSC.
A number of dance activities are also available including Ballet, Tap and Street Dance. The children are encouraged to choreograph their own pieces for our annual Dance Competition and also work towards performances of the pieces they have learnt in their classes.