Drama COURSE Page

Drama is the study of how we communicate, and aims to help all pupils develop valuable communication skills which will help them in school and beyond.



22 April 2024

Our senior pupils are now at the beginning of their exam period - so good luck to them all for all of their subjects. The Drama exams are on Friday 3rd May!

This week we will recommence rehearsals for our school show CHICAGO, focusing on the cast from S1-S3 who haven't got their SQA exams, and beginning work with our excellent dancers. Exciting weeks ahead!

PRACTICAL EXAM WEEK! - Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th March.

We are delighted to report that both our National 5 and our Higher Drama performance exams were completed this week, and we are very pleased with the effort, dedication and sheer hard work shown by all participants.

We don't know the final SQA marks yet, but every pupil can hold their head high at a job well done! 


Students of NPA Acting and Performance took part in the event in January.

Katie, Imogen, Laura, Kiera and Caitlin performed the powerful scenes from Elie Wiesel's NIGHT, which details his experiences during the Holocaust.

 NPA Acting pupils performing NIGHT

The group were accompanied by a live piano version of Moonlight Sonata, performed by Advanced Higher Music student Joey. See the performance below:






We Will Rock You 2023

Photos from our recent whole school production, the first full scale production in Carluke High School for 17 years. Large cast, dancers, technical and backstage teams all run by pupils., And a lives staff band!



By studying the basic elements of Drama, including mime, movement, use of voice and understanding the use of movement, pupils will learn how to use their own communication skills, and develop new skills, through many varied Drama activities.

Pupils experience the planning process of developing stories, and participate and work in teams. They also learn rehearsal skills and work towards performance, not only as an actor, but performance in technical roles such as lighting or props.

Pupils are encouraged to fully participate in the work of the class, which provides many opportunities to develop transferable skills which are useful across the school, and in life, and by pushing themselves, pupils can learn to develop confidence in their own communication abilities.


Pupils study towards N5 in S3-S4, with options to join NPA or Higher in senior years.


Check out one of our Drama thinglinks below:


  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Negotiation
  • Decision-Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Performance Skills - voice and movement
  • Technical Skills - planning, designing and operating


Learn how to write about voice and movement in this short video:


Future Pathways

The first natural pathway for a Drama student is to study Acting, Design or Performance at college or university level, with many performance courses hoping candidates have had a thorough grounding in Drama at secondary school level.

The transferable skills learned in Drama are also useful in many other professions, including any media, TV, or journalism role. Candidates can also look forward to roles in technical theatre behind the scenes or in TV or film production.

Candidates may also pursue training in Arts management and working in theatres or in communities.

The subject is studied at N5 level, through NPA and Higher and Advanced Higher level, and is suitable as an entry point to many colleges and universities with performing arts or technical courses.