Welcome to Scotch Drama
Our aim is to provide students with an interactive and stimulating environment in which to develop wide repertoire of skills: physical and vocal confidence; the social disciplines of collaboration; imagination; an extended emotional range; the power of their own creativity and a respect for that of others. Through Drama practice we can all benefit from the transformative power of performance into our “better selves”; mindful, empathetic, critical-thinking, creative, and collaborative beings.
At Scotch College we highlight the important role the performing arts can play in enriching our lives, through developing both a life-long love of theatre and fostering within students’ the essential skills with which to tackle the challenges of our dynamic, rapidly growing world.
Drama is a compulsory subject for Years 6 and 7 students and becomes an elective from Year 8 to Year 12. The Drama Department offers both Drama ATAR (WACE) and Theatre (International Baccalaureate Diploma) as part of the Year 11 and Year 12 Curriculum. Year 11 and 12 students present showcase evenings throughout the year and during Arts Week.
Captain of School 2019
Harry Gilchrist shares what he loves about Drama
Standing on stage in full costume, lights up and adrenaline rushing from the realization that this was a live audience, was simply exhilarating. From that moment my passion for acting has never waned. I was hooked.
My first acting role, as ‘The Prince’ in The Prince and the Pauper made me realize that acting is much more than simply playing a role or character; it is appealing and connecting to the emotions, thoughts and ideas of an audience, challenging how we think and exploring what it means to be human. Since then, I have sought out characters that would present a challenge and allow me to take creative risks. In doing so, I have developed a genuine interest and desire to learn more about the craft of acting.
The work, support and drive of the whole Drama staff at Scotch College, headed by Ms. Sarah Combes, is just brilliant. Whether it be directing an unorthodox Russian slapstick comedy, or a punching out dance rehearsals for a musical, the breadth and variety creates an environment that’s hard for most students to resist.
This experience provided by Scotch Drama and Ms. Combes in particular, has awoken in me the uttermost desire to create a career out of such a unique art form. I can safely say that without this help, I will not have had the fortune of studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for 2020, something that I am beyond grateful for, and excited to see how far my journey will go.