“Why are we concerned with Art?
To cross our frontiers, exceed our limitations, fill our emptiness – fulfil ourselves.
This is not a condition but a process in which what is dark in us slowly becomes transparent.” 

Jerzy Grotowski -Theatre Practitioner 1968

The Drama Department at Bonus Pastor Catholic College provides highly effective teaching and learning in drama, theatre studies and live performance. It aims to equip each student with a wide range of practical skills; a thorough knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre from a variety of periods and cultures; the ability to form opinions about their own and other’s work; develop self confidence in performing and presentation; and the desire to appreciate live theatre as both a performer and audience independently.

With our own fully-equipped, purpose-built drama studio we are able to stage productions throughout the year giving the students a chance not only to act but also to direct, design, provide the lighting and special effects and all other elements of stage management. After school drama clubs, workshops with actors from Small Nose productions and links with external theatre companies, The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and local Catford Broadway enable us to imbue all of our students with an appreciation of theatre both as practitioners and audience.

Our partnership with The Old Vic Theatre

Since 2012, the school has been specially selected to be a member of The Old Vic New Voices School Club whereby a selected group of students are provided with free tickets to all live theatre productions. Before students see each production, bespoke workshops, devised and delivered in school by professional arts educators, enable them to explore key themes of the play, develop critical thinking and performance skills, and prepare for their visit to the Theatre. Last year our students were able to question the cast of Kiss Me Kate; were entered for a national Theatre writing competition and were given exclusive behind the scenes tours for The Winslow Boy.