Extra-Curricular Drama

Drama outside the curriculum involves a large number of pupils each year. The Drama Department mounts three major productions: plays cast from all year groups are staged in the Ellis Theatre in November and March, and a third play performed by the Shell (Year 9) takes place in the Summer Term.

There is no exclusive Drama "club" - all plays are cast by open audition. Exacting standards of performance and production are set, and the choice of plays is deliberately eclectic, encouraging performers and audiences alike to engage with a wide range of subject, tone and theatrical style.

Pupil Productions

Pupil-directed productions are encouraged, and a particularly attractive opportunity for pupils to produce, direct and even write their own work is provided by the Summer Term's House Play Festival, in which the quality of performance and production is frequently most impressive.

Visiting Productions

An important stimulus for the College's drama comes from the regular visits by leading professional touring companies both from Britain and abroad, and from workshops by specialists in particular fields, most recent master classes being given in puppetry, clowning and the intriguing Japanese theatre form, Noh.

Combining Music and Drama

The worlds of music and drama combine in a number of performance projects. Every two years, the College presents a musical; recent productions have included Grease, West Side Story and Sunday in the Park with George. Some of the School Play's include musical elements, composed and performed by leading music pupils.

Miscellaneous or one-off productions that combine music and drama are also encouraged and Illuminations is a regular pupil-led initiative that includes elements of music and drama.

'Opera Scenes', an increasingly popular initiative, takes place in two out of every three years. In this long-standing collaboration between the Music and Drama departments, the pupils prepare and perform a group of theatrically linked scenes from opera, in a staged environment.