Drama and Performing Arts at Roedean Moira House is a strong feature of School life and, after following the subject in classes, all girls are expected to become involved, whether as performers, production support, or audience members.
We have excellent studio spaces for both Drama and Dance as well as Swann Hall theatre space, which is supported by a full-time technician.
Our productions are all stage-managed by the girls themselves.
At Roedean Moira House we see senior Drama as a potential seven year course, starting at Year 7 and possibly progressing to the end of Year 13. The schemes of work are displayed within the department so that girls can make connections between the work they do and how it has similarities to the work carried out by older students.
All girls in Years 7-9 have one hour of Drama per week, which incorporates: Improvisation, Melodrama & Silent Movies, Shakespeare, Soap Opera, Mask Theatre, Staging 20th Century Text, Theatre In Education, and Devising from stimuli. From Years 10 - 11 the students follow the OCR GCSE course and at Sixth Form we follow Edexcel at A Level and/or Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts. The subject is both popular and successful.
We also run a very popular Musical Theatre course after school, as well as Musical Theatre as an activity, incorporated as part of our varied Co-curricular programme.
We are proud of our reputation for excellence in all areas of Performing Arts at Roedean Moira House. We have:
The major Senior School Production in either December or March and this is for girls in Years 7 - 13
A Drama Scholars' Production which will tour Prep and Junior schools before coming into Swann Hall scheduled for the Spring Term
The Junior School Nativity takes place every December
The Junior School Production takes place in June
The LAMDA and Trinity College London showcase take place in March each year.
In addition, there is the Pyramid competition, run by girls, in early Autumn and a vast number of GCSE, A Level and BTEC examination performances throughout the school year.
The School also has close connections with the Devonshire Park, Congress Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton which we exploit in order to give students the opportunity to experience working within these professional spaces.
Some of our students work professionally and have impressive CVs with credits from The National Theatre, The Almeida Theatre, and Richmond Park Theatre as well as major film, TV and radio work.
All staff within the Performing Arts faculty have worked or continue to work professionally within Performing Arts.
Performing Arts have become a strength in the last few years, and it is extraordinary to watch a child perform a vigorous tap dance, pause to sing (with no apparent shortage of breath), then keep dancing. Pupils from pre grade 1 through to grade 8 receive excellent results in their Trinity theatre exams, and there's an additional course available in Musical Theatre.
– Good Schools Guide, 2018