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Welcome to Dalriada’s Drama Department

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”

- William Shakespeare, As You Like It


Department Aims

The Drama Department at Dalriada aims to encourage students to:

  • Develop their own personal interest in Drama;

  • Engage actively in lessons so they develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers, with enquiring minds;

  • Work imaginatively and creatively;

  • Analyse and evaluate their own work, and the work of others;

  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative, and performance skills;

  • Develop skills that provide a basis for progression to employment or further study;

  • Consider and explore the impact of social, cultural and historical influences on drama texts and activities; and

  •  HAVE FUN!

At all Key Stages, we hope to combine theory and practice, and take every opportunity to allow the students to work collaboratively, in a friendly, supportive, energetic, and engaging environment. Students are rarely in their seats, and can often be found rehearsing various scripts, trying on costumes, or sketching out ideas for their design projects.


Miss Brown- Teacher in Charge of Drama

Mrs Kane

Mrs Divin

Mrs Bradley

Mrs Steele

Miss Snoddy


School Play

Junior Drama Club

Senior Drama Club



At Key Stage 3, all students enjoy one 30 minute period of Drama per week. We look at various styles and genres of performance, devise our own scripts, design sets and costumes, study play texts, and perform scripted extracts.

Year 8- Drama games, vocal warm ups and tongue twisters, performance poetry, devised performances and script writing based on stimulus material, and performing short scripted performances in small groups.

Year 9- Theatre Masks through history (exploring Greek Theatre, Medieval Theatre, Commedia dell’arte, Mardi Gras, and modern theatre masks), mask research and design project, exploring physical theatre whilst devising a Superhero-themed performance, and performing short scripted duologues.

Year 10- Exploring a play script through Our Day Out, looking at social/economic/cultural/historic influences on the content of the play, devising alternative ending group performances, completing a costume/staging research and design task, looking at careers in theatre and performance industry, and performing short scripted monologues from theatre or film.


At GCSE level, Drama students follow CCEA GCSE Drama Specification, studying the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. Students look at Lighting, Sound and Multimedia ideas used in theatre, and get the opportunity to visit theatres and watch plays which contain good examples of these used in production. Pupils will also complete two group performance assessments: one Devised, and One Scripted. These are always very popular!


AS/A2 Performing Arts

We offer AS/A2 Performing Arts at Dalriada, following the CCEA Specification, where sixth form pupils enjoy learning performance-based skills which will help them prepare for work in the Performing Arts Industry. This course looks at both the practical skills an actor will require, and the theory behind some of these skills. Students will also learn how to create performance-related risk assessments, will create their own Theatre Company, create professional-standard promotional portfolios (CV’S, Showreels and Headshots), and will learn how to get an Agent.



We have been very proud of our GCSE Drama results, with all pupils consistently achieving 100% A*-C grades, and, more recently, 100% A*-B grades! What a FANTASTIC achievement.

Likewise, we are also very proud of both our AS and A2 Performing Arts results, with all students consistently achieving 100% A*-C grades. Very well done!

Recent School Productions Photos/Reviews

2023- Les Misérables - and review

2022- The Sound of Music-  and review

2018- Fiddler on the Roof- and review

2017- Hairspray-

2016- Macbeth-

2015- Oklahoma!- and review

2014-Phantom of the Opera-

2013- Oliver!-

Recent Drama Success

Huge Congratulations to one of our Performing Arts A-Level students, Erika Taggart, who has just been offered a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. This is an internationally recognised leading Specialist School for Drama, Music, and Dance. After a demanding audition process, Erika was offered one of the very limited spaces on the Musical Theatre BA Hons Course for next year. What an OUTSTANDING achievement. However, this talented young lady not only received an offer from Trinity Laban…she ALSO went and bagged herself another offer from LAMDA-the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art! This world-leading Drama School accepts roughly 30 students onto the BA Acting Course each year, selected from thousands of applicants worldwide, so to be selected to take up one of these coveted places is an incredible achievement.

Ross McAlister

Ross was one of our previous leading men in Hairspray here at Dalriada.


Erika Taggart


Sam Ingamells


Chris Nevin

Congratulations to former Dalriad, Chris Nevin, who trained at the very prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is currently making his professional Musical Theatre Debut with the touring production of Titanic the Musical. What a show! Chris was one of our previous leading men in Phantom of the Opera here at Dalriada.


Drama News

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