Drama allows us to transcend the boundaries of our identity, and to better understand ourselves as people. Within Brighton College, Drama is about drawing from the pupils a capacity for creativity which even they may not have been aware of. Drama is taught not only in lessons, but through a huge variety of performances that occur throughout the year and at all stages of the College.
Brighton College Abu Dhabi’s state of the art 600-seat theatre has proven to be a remarkable facility for the school and has already hosted major concerts, college productions, cultural events and royalty.
The venue is the home for a comprehensive Drama program in which every child from Year 3 to 8 has a 40 minute Drama lesson a week, and, from September 2012, a GCSE course began for a selection of students starting Year 10. Facilities within the theatre are extensive and all-embracing. The large dance studio provides excellent rehearsal space for productions as well as hosting a popular dance program for a range of ages.
The 130 metre square stage opened its curtains for the first time to Shakespeare, with Year 9 being handed the testing challenge of marking the venue’s debut production with a dramatic production of Macbeth. Rehearsals are currently in full swing for a giant production of CATS, a non-singing Year 5 production in which every child has their spoken fifteen minutes of fame, and a Junior musical called The Selfish Giant featuring our own staff.
Further features such as practice studios, make up rooms, exclusive Drama classrooms with interactive screens, a 57-strong lighting rig, intricate surround sound for radio microphones, costumes, and a fully kitted control box unit that the pupils can be trained in further underpins the ambitious aims that Brighton College Abu Dhabi has set out to achieve with its Performing Arts program.
Drama and the community
The Drama at Brighton College Abu Dhabi also aims to reach out into the community and connect the city with the Performing Arts. Liaisons with local Drama groups have already flourished and The Brighton College Players was founded in January 2012.
Further ties within the city facilitate the cross-curricular programme. The English Department recently travelled to see A Midsummer Nights Dream, inspiring a variety of explorative study.