What We Do.
The Department produces work of the highest standard which the whole school can celebrate.
School Productions: There are a number of these that take place throughout the year ranging from large scale musicals and plays to more intimate studio productions. At one time or another most areas of the school have been turned into performance venues. You are able to get involved with these in any way that appeals as an actor, lighting or sound engineer, set or costume designer. Plays are normally divided into certain year groups working together or houses.
This coming year there will be two boarders' plays; a senior school production for the U5th - U6th; a play for the 4th and L5th that will be entered into the National Theatre Connections competition; a 3rd Form play and a 3rd Form showcase evening.
Lunch Time Performance Slots: This is a more relaxed way to approach performance. It may be you have been working on a particular speech or have the urge to write something and see it performed. Every half term there will be an opportunity to come along to the library and share your work with other pupils.
House Drama: The house system is key to college life and the competition always fierce. Put your talents towards the House Drama Competition and see if your performance can win your house much needed points. The competition is divided into different categories. Heats will run throughout the year with a final evening competition to decide the winners in each area.
Rehearsed Readings: As well as full scale productions there are the opportunities to take part in rehearsed readings, which whilst still being performed for an audience, allow the actors to use scripts. This allows for more impromptu performances without the need for extensive rehearsals.
Theatre Trips: An essential way to understand the possibilities of theatre is to see as much of it as possible and the Drama Department regularly take trips to see professional work in Brighton, in London and further afield.
Pupil Led Productions: Pupils are actively encouraged to take as much initiative as possible and frequently ask whether they can put on a production themselves. These tend to have small casts and be performed in the Montague Studio. As many slots can be found as they are interested parties.
Drama Society: Throughout the year professionals in the industry are invited into the school to talk and work with pupils. These may vary from lectures to workshops to full scale productions. These are compulsory for scholars and pupils taking the subject at GCSE and A level but are also open to anyone who has an interest.
LAMDA: Each year many pupils express an interest in developing their studies through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art exams that are on offer at the College. The LAMDA classes take place during the school day and run for thirty minutes. It is necessary for a pupil to come out of a lesson for this and the responsibility is on them to ensure that they catch up on any work that they have missed. Exams are taken at two opportunities throughout the year.
National Theatre Connections: This is a nationwide competition sponsored by the National Theatre that commissions a number of plays from writers, gives them to schools and then judges which should go onto a local final held in professional theatres and a countrywide final to be held at the National theatre in London. This year we will be entering the 4th and L5th into the competition.