Drama (Y7-13)

Drama Department Aims

At KS4 we deliver the Edexcel specification, developing skills in devising, performing and designing for theatre texts, reviewing and evaluating performance and directing.

The course examines students on a devising performance with supporting coursework, a monologue or duologue, a group performance and a written exam in Y11. The written exam assesses students on a performance text (we study Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’) and a live theatre evaluation.

At KS5 students may choose to continue their studies on the Edexcel A level Drama, where they will study a range of practitioners, become accomplished theatre makers, actors, designers and directors and take their skills in performance evaluation to the next level.

The course examines students on a devising performance with supporting coursework, a monologue or duologue, a group performance and a written exam in Y13. The written exam assesses students on a live theatre evaluation, a performance text (we study Peter Shaffer’s ‘Equus’) and interpreting a performance text (we study Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’).

Drama students have all their lessons taught in our large, well-equipped drama studio, as well as having access to the Painsley stage.

Throughout the year there are dozens of productions to get involved with from a very large scale to smaller devised pieces. Students have the opportunity to develop as writers, directors, actors, designers or stage managers throughout their drama career at Painsley.

We visit the theatre regularly and access the National theatre schools streaming service to bring world class performances into our classrooms!

Drama Staff

Miss Chloe Hickey is our teacher of drama from year 9-13. Miss Hickey also produces the college production with help from other staff and our student directors.

Drama News

Sixth form students have returned from a fantastically successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where audience and professional reviews were incredibly positive and encouraging. The reviewer for the Children’s Choice Award said of the show ‘a fantastic, original, funny, captivating show. You can feel the energy and passion that has gone into the creation of this show by the eight young, talented performers. This definitely deserves a full house!’

Coming up this term there are many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the dramatic arts here at Painsley Catholic College and Painsley Sixth Form College. This is an overview of our plans for the coming term:

  • Year 10,11, 12 and 13 trip to see the stage play of ‘War Horse’ in October in Birmingham
  • Auditions and rehearsals will begin in September for our College musical, which will be performed the week before February half term in 2019
  • A GCSE and A Level trip to see Matilda in October at the Manchester Palace Theatre
  • Preparations for the Painsley Catholic College Talent show, always enjoyed by all on the last day of term.

The annual Sixth Form residential trip to London to watch a world class production and visit Shakespeare’s Globe and The National Theatre.



Years 12 and 13 students look forward to the annual London residential in November. This year we will be watching a world class production, touring Shakespeare’s Globe including having a workshop with the education team at the Globe and touring The National Theatre.

We offer a full-scale musical every year in which students can become involved in acting, directing, choreographing, stage managing, lighting designing, sound designing and  prop/set making. The musical runs for any student of any age from Y7 right up to Y13. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the creative arts at Painsley Catholic College.

We offer a Student Director programme for our senior students, which gives opportunity to lead other students throughout the course of the year, including assistance in the school musical, devised performances and plays throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop leadership and creative skills, whilst being a great springboard into their professional careers and developing their university applications.

GCSE Bitesize Drama

The National Theatre education pages

The National Theatre Discover YouTube channel

The Globe Theatre education blogs

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Stage

Creative Stoke

The Edinburgh Fringe site

Frantic Assembly