My greatest memory at Xaverian is performing my Drama exam and watching my class mates performances. We had worked really hard and our hard work paid off (hopefully). I was super proud of everyone and it was a really nice day.
Wowed by Netflix’s The Kominsky Method? Catch yourself absorbed in The Actor’s Studio on loop? Desperate to get back to the Corn Exchange, and a trip to London to catch the latest West End production? We know exactly how you feel.
Study Drama and Theatre at Xaverian and you won’t only be in great company – you’ll also be following in the footsteps of some of the greatest contemporary actors ever to tread the boards, and share the spotlight, in our city and far beyond.
On this amazing A-level you’ll not only learn the intricacies of performance and secrets of how a great show comes together, you’ll also get to star in them. Xaverian hosts two ritzy, glitzy productions each year.
Don’t worry if you haven’t studied drama at GCSE. What we’re looking for is passion for performance. You may have loads of natural ability, untapped.
Our students range from those new to drama, to others who have already performed widely. But they all have one thing in common – commitment to stagecraft and getting the best from themselves. Drama opens doors to all its students. If you dream about drama and think theatre’s terrific, this is a course for you.
For the complete acting and producing experience, you need to make Xaverian your sixth form study destination.
At Xaverian, Drama and Theatre is all about growing into your theatrical role – whether as an actor, producer, technician or designer.
During today’s lesson your Curriculum Leader, Mr Mitchell, will take you through an exercise to understand how you create your character through analysing the playwright’s work.
Through experience, your actor’s toolkit becomes an indispensable resource. It’s there to help us create characters unlike ourselves that will help fully immerse our audiences in the story we’re presenting.
Today you’ll be breaking down a script to think through how you’d perform a role.
You’ve got to be a super sleuth as an actor, working with your director to interpret what the playwright meant by taking cues through subtle hints and nuances.
First think through the character’s physicality. Body language, gesture, facial expressions, stance, posture, mannerisms all play an important part in characterisation.
How would that character sound? Accents, volume, enunciation, pace and pitch are important to be believable.
And what are this character’s traits – such as their personality, vices and virtues. Is this character happy or sad?
You’re now starting to understand the character. And to gain additional inspiration we often reference the work of theatre greats such as Stanislavski, Brecht or Berkoff.
Put all this knowledge together and you’ll rock your audience.
Analysing characters will be a regular feature of your time as a Drama and Theatre student at Xaverian. Prepare to make fast friends with yellow highlighter pens and circled phrases as you bring scripts to life!
Popular roles for those devoted to Drama include:
Alternatively you might want to teach – your skills acquired from this course will be very handy in inspiring tomorrow’s leaders. Or you might want to get into a communications-related career – such as journalism.
Drama and Theatre is genuinely a life-changing experience, so many of our students go on to study performance-related degrees. There are lots of universities that specialise in drama and dance courses – and on the Complete University Guide website, our neighbours the University of Manchester were number two in the UK as we wrote this (between Glasgow and Warwick).
The University of Manchester offers Drama, Drama and Film Studies and Drama and English Literature.
Other Xaverian students have gone on to Law, Acting, Psychology, English and Creative Writing courses. You’ll be expert in communications through your Drama and Theatre A-level so you might also consider PR and Marketing courses to put your skills to the test in a whole new world.
Every year, our casts are made up of current Drama students as well as those who are not studying Drama at A-level. It does not matter how much experience you have; everyone is welcome to get involved in extra-curricular productions through the Enrichment programme. Some of our performers have never even been in a play before.
Over the last three years, we have performed productions of comedies such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Two and The 39 Steps alongside more political performances such as Animal Farm.
Teachers Mr Mitchell and Miss Cotter are subject specialists with industry experience, and a track record of successfully supporting students through Drama School auditions.
As such, ex-Xaverian Drama students currently work within theatre, television and film, including for the BBC and ITV, and with The National Theatre, the RSC and many other theatre companies.
Ex-students are always welcome back to help nurture new talent, creating a Xaverian Drama network of contacts for those who want to work in this field. Recently we were proud to see ex-student Wunmi Mosaku win Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTA Awards.