Mrs. C. Johnston B.A. (Hons) P.G.C.E. MEd – Head of Department
Miss L. Duncan BMus(Hons) P.G.C.E
It is the Shakespearean-influenced philosophy of “all the world’s a stage,” that underpins the values held within Omagh High School’s Drama Department. We aim to use theatre and dramatic techniques to support and encourage pupils to develop their unique skills and talents for life’s “stage.”
Pupils are given the opportunity to develop qualities such as flexibility, tolerance, integrity, self-belief and self-discipline, alongside skills such as mime, improvisation and communication. Lessons consist of tailor-made, energetic and engaging theoretical and practical activities, which explore everyday life and endeavour to meet individual needs. Pupils at all levels are encouraged to explore, respond, develop, perform and evaluate their work whilst developing their knowledge of understanding and communicating in the modern world.
The drama department is an open, friendly and supportive environment which is committed to nurturing talent and enabling pupils to reach their full potential both in class and through extra-curricular activities. Pupils at Key Stage 3 level have 1 hour 10 minutes of Drama per week which covers a range of acting, back stage and performance analysis topics.
GCSE CCEA Drama: http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/drama/
GCE WJEC Drama and Theatre Studies: https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/drama/r-drama-gce-asa-from-2016/
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 gives pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of performance skills in a supportive and fun environment.
Key Stage 4
Year 12 GCSE CCEA Drama Scripted Performance “DNA”.
Year 12 GCSE CCEA Drama Scripted Performance “Girls Like That”.
Key Stage 5
At Omagh High School we have a biannual school production. This is a fabulous experience and a lot of fun for pupils and staff. Recent productions include Bugsy Malone (February 2016), Alice in Wonderland (October 2017) and Hairspray (October 2019). All three productions have been a huge success and have given our pupils a wonderful opportunity to develop their performing talents, confidence on stage and make lifelong memories. Performing in the Strule Arts Centre adds his experience highlighted just how fortunate we are to have such fabulous facilities and accommodating and helpful staff on our door step.
Many thanks to everyone who came to see our recent performance of Hairspray and to all those who helped in any way to make it such a great production.
Careers linked with Drama
- Drama Therapist
- Stage Manager
- Arts Administrator
- Television Production Assistant
- Radio Presenter
- Youth & Community Worker
- Teacher (Primary/Secondary)
- Social Worker
- Personnel Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Charities Administrator
Drama is not just about acting on a stage. There are a wealth of other career paths with direct links to theatre, from set and costume design to special effects and lighting and sound development. We are at an exciting crossroads in Northern Ireland. Not only do we have renowned and respected actors, such as Liam Neeson, promoting Northern Irish talent on a global scale, but the beauty of our country is now being recognised as a place to film magical scenes for successful shows such as Game of Thrones and Dad’s Army.
Off screen, drama is invaluable in promoting the development of a range of transferable skills. Increasingly, we are asked to perform many roles on life’s stage and drama assists to prepare pupils as adept communicators, innovative thinkers and well-rounded team players. The collaborative nature of Drama as an art form provides students with opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills as well as their voice, gestures and body language to convey meaning to diverse audiences. Performing in the Strule Arts Centre adds to this experience and highlights just how fortunate we are to have such fabulous facilities and accommodating and helpful staff on our door step.