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BST students performing a musical on stage
Drama is a thriving and popular subject at The British School in Tokyo, both as an academic option and as an extracurricular activity. Engagement in drama is essential as part of an arts-rich curriculum that every student has a right to experience.
BST students acting in drama class

Through Drama, students become familiar with the culture and conventions of theatre and learn to exercise critical judgement when:

  • making;
  • performing; and
  • responding to a range of styles and genres.

Drama is a unique subject area that is delivered once a week to all key stage three classes. The curriculum gives them opportunity to invent and imagine stories old and new, through a range of dramatic techniques, which gives them increased confidence in a range of performance-based situations. Students are given the opportunity to enhance their speaking and listening skills in a challenging, creative and exciting way.

Analysis of plays and performances also gives pupils the chance to critique and voice their own opinions in an encouraging and controlled manner. This also allows students to be able to understand the complex levels involved in stories and to convey their meaning to an audience.

Students learn the foundations of Drama: communication; concentration; and co-operation. They are encouraged to work as part of a team, giving them the opportunity to contribute and collaborate with others and also to experience how to manage and lead a group. By being directed and giving direction, students learn how to express their ideas confidently and also how to use their vocal and physical presence to the best of their ability.

At Key Stage 3, all students have Drama Lessons each week and it forms a key part of their curriculum. Students have the opportunity to engage with many different skills, techniques and ideas.

At Key Stage 4, students can opt for the popular GCSE Drama course. In addition to the skills mentioned above, students are given a further insight into the world of theatre by creating and watching performances. 

It is also possible to take Drama and Theatre Studies for A Level for those who have a very keen interest in the subject or are considering Performing Arts as a university course or career.

We are very proud of the productions which involve so many members of our community.
Recent productions have included The Sound of Musicals, Macbeth, Equus, Little Shop of Horrors and Tomorrow.

Drama is a valuable experience and crucial element of the curriculum to give our students the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary for their future.