Drama Awards for entry in September 2021

A number of awards will be made annually to candidates who demonstrate significant ability as stage performers combined with a strong commitment to working as part of a creative team.

Successful candidates will in addition display such personal qualities as enthusiasm, initiative, imagination and dedication as well as be able to demonstrate their ability to inspire and motivate others.

Awards are made to candidates at 13+ (Third Year) or upon entry to the Sixth Form.

For external candidates the winning of a drama award does not in itself secure a boy entry to the school; he must also meet the academic requirements for entrance in a separate examination appropriate to his age-group.

Internal candidates will be invited to participate by the Head following consultation with the Drama Department.

It is expected that drama award holders will participate in a range of extra curricular school productions and demonstrate sufficient interest and aptitude to pursue Drama and Theatre Studies to GCSE level and beyond. Sixth form (16+) candidates must be studying Drama at GCSE (or equivalent) level and be choosing an A Level in Drama in order to be considered for a Drama Scholarship.

The Head of Drama, Mr Ben Phillips, welcomes informal contact with potential candidates by emailing ben.phillips@abingdon.org.uk.

All awards are reviewed annually, and are subject to satisfactory academic progress and behaviour. Continued tenure of Drama awards will be at the discretion of the Head of Department, and dependant upon continuing study of the subject.

The Scholarship carries an entitlement to a nominal fee remission of £300 per year. However, as is the case for all pupils, there is an option to apply for further financial assistance through a means-tested bursary.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk

Key Dates & Application Procedure for 13+ Scholarships

Key Dates – Third Year (13+) drama Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by your son’s school)
Friday 27 November 2020
Drama Scholarship Auditions/Interviews w/c 17 May 2021 tbc

Application Procedure

The application form will ask for a brief report on the candidate, and details of current school (or other) productions in which the candidate is playing a significant part.

As well as a completed application form, your son’s current school will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae outlining the candidate’s range of experience and achievements as a performer, as well as their interests in other areas.

Candidates will be short-listed to attend an audition and interview. External candidates will be assessed remotely this year.

The Assessment (all conducted remotely for external candidates)

Candidates must be prepared to:

  • perform a two-minute speech from a piece of scripted drama that has been chosen, prepared and learnt with the aim of showing the candidate’s vocal and physical skills to best advantage. The piece will ideally demonstrate some range or contrast.
  • on the day, they will also be given a choice of two short dramatic speeches, and then given time to prepare one for a “work-in-progress” performance. They will not be expected to learn the lines in the time; the purpose of the task is for us to be able to see how they work independently on preparing a performance in a short amount of time and what theatrical choices they bring to it, to contrast with their prepared performance.
  • have an interview with the Head of Drama, members of the Drama department staff and the Master of Scholars. In the interview, candidates should be prepared to answer questions about their interest in drama and theatre and what they think the value/purpose of both might be. They will also be asked about the role and responsibilities of a drama scholar.

For further information please contact the Admissions Officer on 01235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk.

Key Dates & Application Procedure for 16+ Scholarships

Key Dates – Sixth Form (16+) drama Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by boy’s parent/legal guardian)
Friday 16 October 2020
Drama Scholarship Auditions/Interviews Thursday 26 November 2020

Application Procedure

As well as a completed application form, candidates will be asked to submit a Drama curriculum vitae outlining their range of experience and achievements as a performer, as well as their interests in other areas.

The application form will ask for a brief report on the candidate, and details of current school (or other) productions in which the candidate is playing a significant part.

Candidates will be short-listed to attend a day of auditions, group improvisation and interviews in November.

Candidates must be prepared to:

  • perform a two-minute speech from a piece of scripted drama that has been chosen, prepared and learnt with the aim of showing the candidate’s vocal and physical skills to best advantage. The piece will ideally demonstrate some range or contrast.
  • take part in a group improvisation exercise
  • attend an interview with members of the Drama department staff
  • attend an interview with the Head of Drama and the Master of Scholars
  • provide written references from their Head teacher and head of drama (where appropriate)

If it is possible, a member of the Drama department staff will also see the candidate perform in a school production.

For further information and an application form, please contact the Admissions Officer on 01235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk.