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Drama Department

DramaThe Drama Department here in De La Salle College is concerned with exploration of ourselves and the world we live in. Through themes such as Bullying, Homelessness, Refugees, War and Responsibility we encourage pupils to look at their own lives and to empathise with others. Our approach is based on encouraging ideas and creativity, helping students to make visual work from their observations and thoughts. Drama is a practical subject, aiming to facilitate and enhance performance and to appraise how well we have succeeded in realising our ideas. Pupils have performed in the Millennium Dome and toured Ireland with drama projects. 

As well as projects outside of college we produce college shows on a regular basis. Previously we performed Willy Russell's "Blood Brothers" to packed audiences and standing ovations. Our students show their love and enthusiasm for the subject by regularly pursuing their interests beyond the college and into further education and theatre companies. Pupils have appeared in television and film productions, including Pearse Elliot’s “The Mighty Celt” (and Mr. Elliot, himself, is a past pupil). With our new college premises and Drama studio the college plans to take this area of study in to new and exciting areas.

Drama aims to build the self-esteem of pupils and develop their respect and empathy for other people and cultures. It provides a vehicle for helping to understand the world around us and the issues that affect and impact on us in our daily lives.  With a new curriculum coming, Drama will be seen as a practical and invigorating means of investigating and delivering other subject areas as well. It provides a unique and fascinating means of opening up new worlds and areas of learning.  In De La Salle College we celebrate the individuality of each student and simultaneously encourage them to work together collaboratively and co-operating to showcase each other's skills and talents. We present every child with the opportunity to be an artist.

Drama is taught once a week in the Junior College and we have produced our own schemes and resources for developing pupils’ skills and monitoring their progress and learning. Senior pupils study GCSE and AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies where we have a record of excellent results. Our students have gained placements in Drama Colleges in Dublin and London and have gone on to study Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast as well as Universities in England and Scotland. We have a lot to be proud of and intend to maintain our high standards of achievement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2008 22:35