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Drama is a popular subject at Oakgrove Integrated College and we offer a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages to get involved. Drama is taught as a discrete subject to all students at Key Stage 3 and it is a popular choice at GCSE. We also have students studying Drama & Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level.

Drama lessons include a wide range of activities such as mask work, devising, set design, lighting and script writing. Students explore a range of texts and theatrical styles from Greek Theatre, onto Shakespeare and traditional Mummers’ plays, through to cutting edge contemporary youth theatre scripts that focus on themes and issues particularly relevant to the young people of the 21st century.

Students of all ages are encouraged to visit the theatre and trips are frequently organised. In recent years we have visited all of the local theatres and some further afield to see productions.

The department has excellent links with local performing arts organisations. In the past we have worked closely with local playwrights Dave Duggan and Felicity McCall to create new works and we have toured Ireland with our productions on several occasions. One of these plays, We Were Brothers, a collaboration with The International School for Peace Studies, went on to win a UK National Lottery Award. More recently, the department has taken part in the National Theatre Connections project, performing at The Lyric in Belfast and we have been regular participants in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival at the Waterside Theatre. Earlier this month we were very proud to see three of our drama students cast in the sell-out Playhouse Theatre’s Production of The Monk, The Bird, and the Priest.

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