Drama Scholarship

Drama Scholarship

Drama is an important part of school life at Caterham School. We welcome and value applications for Drama Scholarships from young actors with flair and a passion for the theatre and stage. Our busy and diverse department seeks to provide exciting opportunities for actors and performers who will join the exciting range of activities and events that celebrate drama, acting and performance.

To apply for a Drama Scholarship, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Expectations and opportunities

Drama Scholars are expected to participate in the busy co-curricular programme throughout the year; attending various clubs, auditioning for productions, and taking on as many performance opportunities as possible. A firm commitment to the activities of the drama department is expected and allows for the many benefits afforded to our scholars.

Drama Scholars are often required to represent the school in a variety of ways: at inter-school performances, in local and national drama festivals, as ambassadors for the school at open days and other events, in recordings and videos for online distribution and on social media.

The flair and confidence for performance of a Drama Scholar also inspires and encourages younger and less experienced pupils at both the Senior and Prep Schools and a willingness to mentor and support is an important part of the role, particularly at 13+ and 16+.

There are high expectations for Drama Scholars; a dedication to progressing in acting and performing with a view to achieving high marks at any graded examinations taken, exemplary commitment to any groups, enthusiasm for experimenting in a variety of genres and styles, willingness to appear and perform as a soloist and at 16+, the opportunity to assist Staff in the preparing and rehearsing of productions and the opportunity to devise innovative projects.

Scholars are fully supported by Staff and are mentored and supported to achieve these expectations.

Further details about the audition can be found on the ‘Guidelines and audition details’ document.

Application

Those interested in a Drama scholarship should complete the application form, statement of support & submit a portfolio of supporting evidence from the last two years. These will determine whether candidates are invited to audition.

We look forward to receiving applications from enthusiastic and talented performers and to furthering their already successful artistic profiles. The Drama Department is friendly and nurturing with staff who are passionate about acting and performance, and understand the pressures and demands of school life. Scholars flourish at Caterham School and represent the absolute enjoyment of stage performance.

For further information about the activities of the Drama Department, please visit: https://www.caterhamschool.co.uk/co-curricular/drama/

For more details of the admissions process and application, please contact the Admissions Department: [email protected]

For specific questions about drama, please contact the Director of Drama: [email protected] 

Drama Scholarships usually represent up to 10% of the fees but in exceptional circumstances, and at the direction of the Headmaster, can be up to 25%. They are awarded on the basis of a successful audition demonstrating exceptional skill in performance

Portfolio & General Comments

In addition to the Drama Scholarship Application Form a portfolio of achievements from the last two years must be provided and should include:

  • Most recent drama exam certificates (photocopies and not originals) where exams have been taken
  • Comment sheets from recent exams
  • Certificates of participation in Drama activities
  • References from relevant teachers and instructors
  • Evidence of participation in theatre

A desire to commit fully to the dramatic life of the school must be demonstrated in all areas.

The application form and portfolios will be reviewed by the Director of Drama and candidates will be selected for further consideration.

Guidelines and Audition Details

Audition (Part 1: Workshop)- Group
11+ Entry

All candidates who are invited to audition will take part in a short workshop. This will involve a series of games & exercises where the goal is to see how candidates work with their peers and approach the experimental and imaginative aspects of Drama. Candidates do not need to prepare anything.

13+ Entry

All candidates who are invited to audition will take part in a short workshop. This will involve a series of games & exercises where the goal is to see how candidates work with their peers and approach the experimental and imaginative aspects of Drama. Candidates do not need to prepare anything.

16+ Entry

Candidates may be invited to take part in a short workshop. This will involve a series of exercises where the goal is to see how candidates work with their peers and approach the experimental and imaginative aspects of Drama.  Candidates do not need to prepare anything.

 

Audition (Part 2: Performing text) – 1:1 with Director of Drama

11+ Entry
  • Candidates must present a monologue of their choice.
  • The monologue must be from a play text and should be a maximum of 1 ½ minutes in length. It can be classical or contemporary.
  • The monologue must be learnt and must provide an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their performance skills, including physicality, vocal skills and use of space.
  • Candidates must be prepared to discuss their performance, the character and the play.
13+ Entry
  • Candidates must perform two contrasting monologues.
  • The monologues must be from a play text and should be a maximum of 1 ½ minutes in length each. Monologues can be classical or contemporary.
  • The monologues must be learnt and must provide an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their performance skills, including physicality, vocal skills and use of space.
  • Candidates must be prepared to discuss their performance, the character and the play.
16+ Entry
  • Candidates must perform two contrasting monologues, one of which is from a classical repertoire.
  • The monologues must be from a play text and should be a maximum of 1 ½ minutes in length each.
  • The monologues must be learnt and must provide an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their performance skills, including physicality, vocal skills and use of space.
  • Candidates must be prepared to discuss their performance, the character and the play.

 

 

Audition (Part 3: Interpreting character)- 1:1 with Director of Drama
11+ Entry
  • On the day, candidates will be given a character profile. They will be asked to introduce themselves ‘in role’ and engage in a short improvised conversation with the Director of Drama.
  • Candidates do not need to prepare anything.
13+ Entry
  • On the day, candidates will be given a character profile. They will be asked to introduce themselves ‘in role’ and engage in a short improvised conversation with the Director of Drama.
  • Candidates do not need to prepare anything.
16+ Entry
  • On the day, candidates will be given a short unseen extract to see how they interpret character and move from page to stage.
  • Candidates do not need to prepare anything.

 

Notes on audition:

Candidates should come dressed appropriately for movement based exercises. Candidates may choose to bring elements of costume and/or props for Part 2 of the audition should they wish.

Please note that once you have submitted the scholarship form, an acknowledgement will appear on the screen and in addition you will receive an acknowledgement email – please can we ask that you check your spam or junk folder should this not appear in your inbox.  Thank you.

Drama Scholarship

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Please indicate your point of entry (e.g. 11+, 13+ Standard Entry or 16+).

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