Whatever your ambition, our aim is to provide a variety of opportunities in drama for every student throughout the school. Not all of these involve being a performer: you may prefer to work backstage as part of the Crew, or you may want to be a member of the technical team. There are also opportunities to be part of the design team, working on costumes, make-up or set.
“The DIY Drama Company is responsible for all aspects of their production”
We have an annual Senior School production performed at the end of the Michaelmas term: recent highly acclaimed successes include ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’. In the Lent term it is the turn of our own theatre Company, the DIY Drama Company. Members are Drama Scholars who also run their own budget and have responsibility for all aspects of the production. ‘Romeo and Juliet’, our most recent production, was highly praised. Pupils in Year Seven to Nine have their own Lower School Production in the Trinity term. Recent productions include ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Alice in Grammarland’, a challenging and successful promenade adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
To complement the live performance work, there is also a Film Club which meets weekly. Students create their own films and in the Trinity term there is an annual Film Festival, where the film makers dress in appropriate style and make their way into the auditorium across a red carpet.
Throughout the year, work in Drama is enhanced by many opportunities to see live theatre both locally and further afield. At the end of the Trinity term there is also a residential visit: most recently this was to New York.