Whether it’s touring Roald Dahl musicals to local primary schools, staging a West End musical with the boys from Hampton School, or running a show backstage with a team of techies, we encourage our pupils to take part, test themselves, and enjoy everything the department has to offer.
In recent years we have staged musicals including Return to the Forbidden Planet and Matilda; we’ve commissioned professional playwrights to write new plays for large female casts as part of our Write the Girl initiative; we’ve dunked Benedick of Much Ado fame into a fully working fountain and we’ve even fired a confetti cannon or two. Meanwhile, in the drama studio, our GCSE and A level candidates consistently excel: with their practical work being frequently praised by the Chief Examiner.
We regularly hosting workshops and training from leading theatre practitioners, and recently, 80 students went on a Performing Arts tour to New York City.
All of this work takes place in and around our stunning 240 seat theatre: it is a flexible space at the heart of the Arts Centre, which includes a rehearsal suite, studio theatre, green room and seminar room, as well as the Music and Art Departments.
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Write the Girl is an LEH initiative between schools and theatre professionals to support playwrights in developing the meaningful stories our young women deserve. A school can select a play proposal from our Write the Girl playback, commission the playwright to write that play for their particular students and embark on the most enriching, creative and collaborative journey from pen to stage. Thus those meaningful stories, suitable for large casts, that stretch, challenge and engage a generation of young women often marginalised by a male-dominated canon, can take their place on the main stage.
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