At Brighton College we nurture talent and foster communication skills. Drama is a highly valued subject that builds personal confidence and empowers pupils to explore their creativity in other aspects of school life.
Our teachers bring an abundance of passion, enthusing pupils not only in the classroom but also far beyond. Our creative departments work closely together, delivering a programme of productions from ensemble pieces in the intimate space of our Montague Studio through to principal productions in the Great Hall, Brighton Open Air Theatre, and soon-to-open new theatre.
Pupils will never forget the school plays they were in.”
— Alex Kerr (Director of Drama)
Drama in numbers
We stage four major performances per year at Brighton College, open to all pupils. For those who do not want to take centre stage, we offer involvement in production roles, including stage manager, costume, set and prop designer, sound or lighting technician, and marketeers.
4 major productions each year
6+ drama activities and House drama competitions per year
100 pupils involved in our College production of Les Misérables
Brighton College premiered its very first Fringe production this week, which not only exceeded my expectations but smashed them to smitereens.”
A buzzing cultural scene
We're well placed to soak up the atmosphere of one of Britain's most creative cities. Pupils regularly take part the Brighton, and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as in the National Theatre's New Views play-writing competition. Pupils have also performed at the Brighton Dome, Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End.
In addition to GCSE and A-level academic courses, we offer LAMDA lessons (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) meaning that any pupil can participate in drama even if they are not pursuing it as an academic option. We also are delighted to announce that in the last few years pupils have successfully auditioned for RADA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and MetFilm School, where they will begin their own journey in the arts.
We know how important it is to have the space to express yourself so we are very lucky to have an abundance of performance spaces for pupils to use. The new Performing Arts Centre is to open next May. It will be a 3000 sqm mixed-use education building to house the College’s performing arts activities with a 400-seat theatre at the heart of the building.
Taking part in a drama production at Brighton College is a rite of passage – whether you are delivering a monologue, working the lights, prepping the costumes or doing the makeup. It’s more than just a show: it’s another way the school brings pupils together as a team, to nurture collaboration and community.