"The future of our nation depends on our ability to create and to be creative. During the coming decades our most important national resources will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today's schools need to develop creative leaders."
Why learn Drama at San Silvestre?
Every student in Primary has one drama lesson every week. Drama is also offered as an Extension Experience three times per week.
Primary drama is a creative process that involves performance, the development of knowledge, personal and social development and reflection, evaluation and appreciation.
Offered in the Secondary School for Grade 6 - Form II
The girls are introduced to the concept of ‘the body as the honest instrument’. They are immersed in the creative processes of drama primarily through an awareness of their physicality. Emphasis is placed on the authenticity of this physicality and a willingness to ‘play’ within each exercise or game. The result is an acute awareness of self as a creative vessel which is grounded in the physical body. This awareness produces a deepening capacity of one’s own creative processes within the discipline of Drama.
Offered to Form II
The BSP One Act Play Festival takes place in September each year. In bimesters 2 and 3, after reading many scripts, the girls settle into the rehearsal process and this culminates in a performance at the BSP Festival. One of the greatest benefits of this is the camaraderie between the girls and the strong sense of confidence and achievement that comes from working consistently and collaboratively towards a common goal.
Offered to Form III and Form IV
IGCSE Drama encourages the girls to understand and enjoy drama as well as developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups. They come to understand the role of actor, director and designer in creating a piece of theatre and to consider ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience.
This course fosters a deep understanding of the performance process and enables our students to evaluate the various stages of that process. This exciting two year programme is evaluated by means of a written exam (40%) and a coursework component (60%).
Offered for Grade 6 - Form VI
San Silvestre stages a large-scale school production every year. From the very beginning of the school year, many girls are engaged with this dramatic production. Once the show is cast, a strenuous rehearsal process is undertaken; the girls commit to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday rehearsals until the opening night in the middle of June. A united and strong community emerges with each production; the girls bond and grow together within the world of the play.
“Society is where it is today because people had the perception; the images and the imagination; the creativity that the Arts provide, to make the world the place we live in today."
Eugene Ferguson, Historian