Welcome to Drama!

In Drama you will develop your communication, problem-solving and team-building skills whilst exploring the world of theatre.

Above you can see examples of some of the work our students have done both in and out of lessons over the past year. In lessons, we explore lots of different topics such as Titanic, WW1, Greek Theatre, Romeo and Juliet, the list goes on.

And let's not forget all the amazing out of lesson opportunities we offer: our annual school musical, Christmas showcase, London overnight theatre trip, visiting practitioners... and so much more!

We will support you in exploring all aspects of the theatre industry as there are hundreds of careers within the world of theatre, and we are here to help you enjoy exploring this fascinating subject. 

We can't wait to meet you!

Mrs C. James

"Hello, I'm Mrs James. I'm one of three drama teachers in the fantastic Expressive Arts team. I love all things drama and theatre, and I am looking forward to sharing this with you. Did I mention that we have a professional theatre at school? Can't get much better than that!" 

Mrs. K. Lawrence

"My name is Mrs Lawrence and I am Head of Drama at Co-op Academy Manchester. I have an Acting degree and my favourite thing to perform is Musical Theatre which I lead within the academy. Please feel free to come and have a chat with me about anything Drama-related!

Mr. P. Hindle (Mr. Pip)

“I am Mr P. J. Hindle, but everyone calls me ‘Mister Pip’! Having acted, directed, written, designed, stage managed, run lights and sound and many other roles associated with theatre, I am incredibly proud to be the Academy Theatre Manager / Community Arts Officer at the academy.” 

Theatre techniques

We use theatre techniques to communicate character, story line, relationships and location. What is happening in this photo?

Design techniques

We use lighting and sound to communicate mood and atmosphere. What mood does the red lighting communicate in this picture?

Design techniques 

We use costume and make up to communicate the personality of a character. What do you think has happened here?

Dress Rehearsal best bits.mp4

Watch our 2023 production of Sister Act the Musical in our state-of-the-art theatre!

We want all age groups to participate in our shows, and they do. We have students on stage, backstage and in the band.

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Here is just a peek at our outstanding 2022 production of Beauty and the Beast

We love students who take a risk, challenge themselves and have fun doing it.

Dance opportunities

Why not dance? We have fantastic opportunities to develop dance outside of the drama class. We work with external companies to produce some amazing dance pieces. These students created a piece of dance with Company Chameleon and then performed at Co-op head office in Manchester City Centre.

Theatre opportunities

Want to be on a professional stage? These students participated in the National Theatre production, Stuff, and performed at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.