The Drama Department runs an extensive, varied programme of productions each year, offering pupils the opportunity to work both on stage and behind it. Our theatre technical manager regularly works with pupils interested in the production side of theatre, and has established a tradition of puppetry in the department.
The Drama Studio is equipped with a sophisticated lighting rig and AV system and the space is truly versatile. This enables us to put on a huge range of shows, both large and small, in a number of different configurations.
As well as putting on productions at each key stage every year, there are also opportunities for sixth formers to direct plays, both in the annual House Drama Competition and the Directors’ Weekend, where a performance is realised over the course of a week, supported by an experienced director. The whole school musical is a biennial affair, put on at an external venue where pupils gain the experience of performing in a professional environment. We also have an established tradition of performing Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where recent productions have included The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors.
Pupils are regularly inspired to take drama further into Higher Education, and each year we have a number who choose to study it as either an academic subject, or at drama school. OCs who have found success in the industry include: Hwyel John (playwright and actor), Golden Globe nominee (actor) Freddie Highmore, drag artist Guy Woolf (Denim) and actor Jeremy Neumark Jones (BBC’s The Last Post).