Speech and Drama
Children have many opportunities to engage in drama, ranging from their first steps on the stage that may arise through their form or mentor group in a school assembly, through to a lead part in the annual school play each March, one of the highlights of the school year. All Pre-Prep children feature in their year group presentations at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the school year, they also have the opportunity to take part in an after school weekly drama workshop activity. All Prep children have an opportunity to audition for the main school production.
Children who additionally take individual or paired drama lessons work on all aspects of performance, including voice, mime, movement, character, improvisation and acting. They work towards graded examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). There are also opportunities to take part in performances internally, through our drama recitals and (twice a term) performing arts assemblies. Witham pupils also engage in local drama festivals and are regular participants in the National Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, providing the exciting opportunity to perform an abridged version of a Shakespeare Play at the Key Theatre in Peterborough or Lincoln Drill Hall.
Children can take LAMDA examinations in:
Acting (solo, duo, combined)
Reading for Performance
Speaking of Verse & Prose
Speaking in Public
Devising drama (solo, duo)
Miming (solo, duo)
Witham Hall children have an enviable success rate, with large numbers of children achieving the highest grade- distinction-at all levels.