Drama

Drama is a popular choice both at GCSE and A Level, with many girls also participating in the rich programme of extra-curricular activities and trips. The Drama Department is extremely well-resourced; lessons take place in a 'black box' studio space with a Tri-lite rig and intelligent lighting, a Zero 250 lighting desk and sound system. Within the space there is access to scenery flats and staging blocks. Resources include a large costume, scenery and props store and a variety of scripts which consist of both classical and contemporary playwrights. 

There is an annual school production which involves all year groups within the Senior School. Previous performances have included, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Hamlet. These are staged in the main hall on a Proscenium Arch stage incorporating a full lighting rig and a Strand 300 Lighting desk and Nexo sound system (6 radio mics) as well as a Stage Manager’s desk with talk-back and call facilities.

The Drama Department offers an annual September play for the Senior Drama Company which involves a small ensemble cast. Recent productions include, 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley, 'Metamorphosis' by Steven Berkoff, 'After Juliet' by Sharman MacDonald,  ‘The Permanent Way’ by David Hare and ‘Attempts on her Life’ by Martin Crimp. There are further opportunities to perform contemporary work and devised pieces as part of the Arts Festival in July, as well as throughout the year in ‘lunchtime performances’ to raise money for charity. There is an annual House Play Competition in December. 

The wide choice of extra curricular activities includes LAMDA Acting Awards and drama and dance clubs. Regular trips are organised to the West End, The Royal Shakespeare Company and regional Theatres and Arts Centres, while in-house workshops provided by professional Theatre Companies enhance and extend the girls' experience.