Pupils at The Hammond School in Chester, Cheshire

11 - 16 Years

Theatre Arts Audition Days

You are able to audition virtually for The Hammond's Theatre Arts courses:

Please email TA@thehammondschool.co.uk to receive your Audition Guidance booklet. 


Please fill in your Lower School application for Theatre Arts via the link below: 

Lower School Application for Theatre Arts 



The Hammond's Lower School Theatre Arts course, which runs alongside the school's excellent academic curriculum, gives our youngest pupils the strongest possible foundation in the core disciplines of performance.

Delivered by teaching artists, experienced facilitators and industry professionals, the Theatre Arts course will help to develop young people into dynamic, adaptable and talented performers who are well equipped with the skills to thrive in our rapidly evolving world.

To see an online version of the course brochure, please visit: 

Theatre Arts 2020 - 21

Entry is via audition.

Below is an online version of our Course Prospectus for Lower School: 


YEAR 7 - 9 

Students in Years 7-9 will follow a dynamic and engaging curriculum that provides combined, expert training in; drama, music, stage movement and physicality. 



The Drama curriculum strives to develop students’ skills in confidence, communication and fundamental acting techniques. Classes in voice and speech, acting scripted plays, theatre ensemble, devising drama, improvisation and storytelling form the foundation of the drama training on the Theatre Arts course.


Through a balanced programme of activities and experiences The Hammond's exciting and varied Music training will extend students' understanding and appreciation of music, alongside the development of a professional approach to performance.

Classes in: Composition, music theory, solo and ensemble performance combined with a technology and industry-based approach using The Hammond's recording studio state-of-the-art software.


All performers must have a strong sense of physicality which comes from the ability to move freely with confidence and conviction.

This element of the Theatre Arts program will equip students with necessary and fundamental skills in ensemble movement, foundation dance technique, body conditioning – including core and breath work, and physical theatre techniques.


YEAR 10 - 11

Whilst continuing their training in all areas of performance, students in Years 10-11 are given the opportunity to specialise in one specific area of performance, allowing them to further hone their craft in preparation for further study and training on one of our Post-16 performance courses.



The acting curriculum is Stanislavski-based with core training in acting technique complimented by classes and workshops in voice and diction, scene study, modern theatre and practitioner study.

Acting students can expect to study acting for the camera, physical theatre, Shakespeare and musical theatre performance as a part of their training on the Theatre Arts - Acting track.



The Theatre Arts - Music Performance track encourages students to begin developing themselves as artists and performers.

Building on the core skills gained in Years 7 - 9, the program gives students the opportunity to explore in more detail a variety of musical genres and styles from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Collaboration, practical musicianship and performance is at the heart of the Music Performance curriculum with students being encouraged to share their talents through the multiple performance opportunities built into the course. 






    Hammond Diploma in Theatre Arts – Foundation (Years 7-9)


    Hammond Diploma in Theatre Arts – Acting (Years 10-11)


    Hammond Diploma in Theatre Arts – Music Performance (Years 10-11)


    Level Two BTEC Award – Performing Arts (Acting)


    Optional Trinity qualifications in Acting and Performance


    Optional LAMDA qualifications in Speech and Drama
    Optional LCM qualifications in Music Performance and Musical Theatre


    Optional ABRSM qualifications in Music Performance




    Annual full-scale production in the Hammond Theatre


    Annual theatre outreach project


    Annual ISA Drama Festival entry


    Optional Drama and Theatre Festival Entry


    Annual internal and external music performances
    Annual showcase of work in progress


    Annual music concert



Musical Theatre