Head of Department: Mrs N Marriott
BA Hons Birmingham PGCE Leeds
Nici Marriott joined LRGS in 2013 as an experienced teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies. She has taught at Casterton for many years but has also worked in co-educational schools in Sheffield, Bolton and New Zealand.
She has 19 years' experience of teaching LAMDA examinations and is passionate about Musical Theatre. Recent productions she has directed include Miss Saigon, Evita and Sweeney Todd. Her love of the Theatre extends to Amateur Dramatics and she has been involved in numerous productions at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster. She loves cycling and yoga and has a keen interest in whales and dolphins!
Drama at LRGS
Boys first experience drama through English lessons at LRGS. In Year 9 they take part in an 8-week Expressive Arts course, teaming a range of performance skills, through games, improvisation and theatrical activities. GCSE Drama (Edexcel) is offered in Year 10 and Sixth Formers can opt to study Drama and Theatre Studies (Edexcel) AS and A2 courses.
Extra-curricular drama flourishes with a large scale musical (joint with Lancaster Girls' Grammar School) every year and a range of other public performances including examination pieces. There are also regular theatre trips taken by a wide range of students throughout the year.
Click on the thumbnails on the right to see pictures of recent drama productions.
Drama - 11+
Year 7 to 9
Junior Drama Club: This club meets weekly, when there are no other productions ongoing, to play theatre games, building teamwork, concentration, confidence and skill.
Pantos: Each year the junior students in each house stage a student devised, scripted and prepared performance. These are directed by senior prefects and performed to the entire junior school in the last week of the Michaelmas term.
Arts Festival: A number of junior students are involved in this new initiative providing young students a performance opportunity and a creative outlet.
Drama - 13+
Year 10 and 11
Boys have the opportunity to be involved in whole school productions, such as Much Ado about Nothing, King Lear and the joint school musicals with LGGS.
Drama is a relatively new GCSE option and is very popular with the boys at LRGS. 2016 productions include The History Boys, Neville's Island and Of Mice and Men.
Drama and Theatre Studies - Sixth Form
Sixth Form Curriculum: Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A2 (Edexcel)
Modules are as follows:
Module 1 – coursework – a workshop study of two plays
Module 2 – text in performance – production of a play and monologues
Module 4 – devising
Module 5 – written examination
Sixth Form Extra-Curricular
- School musical (joint with LGGS)
- Whole school play, for example The Ancient Mariner
Recent musicals have included Return to the Forbidden Planet, Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, Oh! What a Lovely War, Sweeney Todd and Jesus Christ Superstar.
6th Form: Again, boys can be involved with whole school productions and the musicals; they are also able to take an active role in the running of the Junior Drama Workshop, the Pantos and GCSE Exam work.
Sixth Form FAQs
Does Drama and Theatre Studies involve outside commitment to rehearsals?
YES. All students have to attend at least one theatre trip and, close to the exam, several rehearsals are held out of school hours. Almost all students enjoy the subject, though, and many voluntarily attend more plays and organise their own additional rehearsals!