Drama

There are three major school productions each year for the Senior School, the Middle School, and the Lower School.

The Drama Department has three full time members of staff, 2 full time technicians and a Drama Administrator/Wardrobe Mistress. Classes take place in the Black Studio (T4), where the department offices and costume and props store are also located, and in the Amanda Smith Theatre and foyer.

All three spaces have lighting and sound facilities. The theatre itself is equipped to a professional level of specification with 96 lighting channels (24 dedicated to the foyer), an extensive stock of luminaires, a fully programmable lighting board, a sound rack with two CD players, voice effects processor, flash card recorder/player, projector, and a flexible stock of Steeldeck staging.

There are three major school productions each year. The Senior School production is open to Fifth Year and Sixth Form and takes place either in December or February (recent productions have included After The Dance by Terence Rattigan and Moliere’s Tartuffe).

The Lower School Production is open to First and Second Years and takes place in June (recent productions have included The Adventures of Mr Toad, Just William and an adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times). We also recently introduced a Middle School production with Third and Fourth Year students.

The Aspire programme for Fifth Year and Sixth Form usually culminates in a performance of a student directed production of a play of their choice; recent productions have been What the Butler Saw, Attempts on her Life, and George Dandin.

There is a First Year Drama Club which runs on a Thursday lunchtime and a Second Year group meets on Tuesday lunchtime. Students have the opportunity to develop dramatic material with their peers in a relaxed setting and work in the first term usually culminates in informal showings of pieces before Christmas. Third and Fourth Year scholars meet on Friday lunchtime and other selected students can join this group by staff invitation.

Technical theatre club runs on Monday lunchtime and is open to the First Year. The students work with older students (former club members) to learn to operate sound and lighting equipment. Many students then go on to design and operate sound and lighting for the school productions and for AS, A2 and GCSE practical exams.

Tuition for LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) examination is available for Acting and Devised Performance (solo or pairs) and Speaking of Verse and Prose and Public Speaking (solo). Three visiting professionals offer these specialised classes and exams take place in February and June with a showcase performance in the theatre in the Christmas Term.

Through the Dance Company 'Charlie's Works,' a range of Dance lessons in Street Jazz and ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Modern are open to all years and take place in the theatre studio during lunchtime and after school.