Cooperation, empathy and confidence are developed through the imaginative use of voice and movement. In the Junior School opportunities are provided for class and year group productions while in the Middle and Senior Schools, opportunities for informal drama are embraced as often as the more formal productions.
A recent development has been the involvement of Year 7 in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival performed at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington. Abridged productions of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet have been performed.
Traditionally at the end of the Summer Term, there is a production open to boys in the Senior School. Recent shows have ranged from musicals including Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Oliver through to Animal Farm. In addition to the opportunities for a large cast to perform, the backstage elements of the production including set design, stage management, props design and lighting and sound allow for the involvement of boys who are interested in this aspect of theatre.
The School has a good relationship with neighbouring Central School of Speech and Drama which enables pupils to access workshops and provides training and guidance for students and staff.