Drama at Colfe’s is very popular and offers pupils the opportunity to get involved with major school productions in a number of different ways. Whether its acting, costume, set design, sound or lighting you’re interested in, there’s a role for everyone to play.
Held in our 130-seat black box Beardwood Theatre, recent productions have included James and the Giant Peach (Year 7-9), Return To The Hidden Planet (Year 10-13) and The 39 Steps (Years 11-13) and School of Rock and a promenade performance of Romeo and Juliet (Years 7-10).
Pupils across the school are invited to learn new skills from theatre groups – such as Frantic Assembly, Punchdrunk and Splendid Theatre – who frequently visit the school to perform and facilitate interactive workshops. House Drama is another big event in the department’s calendar – with Sixth Form students directing younger students in the run up to the competition. All students are offered the opportunity to explore aspects of theatre such as lighting and sound through lessons and the Technical Theatre crew are encouraged to hone their skills during productions.
The department organises an Easter School and a Summer School , where pupils work towards holding a performance after five days of rehearsals. Previous performances have included Fame, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family and Legally Blonde.
We also offer Lower School Drama Club, Technical Theatre Club, Musical Theatre Club, National Youth Theatre, LAMDA, House Dance, House Drama, Lower School Production, Senior School Production, Easter School Musical, Summer School Musical, Drama School Audition Coaching.
Pupils may also opt to sit the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations or audition for the National Youth Theatre. LAMDA is the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisations having offered practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. We offer tuition in the following areas:
- Public Speaking
- Speaking of Verse and Prose
- Musical Theatre
Students normally work towards a graded exam (similar to learning a musical instrument) in one of the above areas. We arrange annual performance evenings where students can showcase their work with parents and friends. In 2018/2019 149 students across the Senior School took part. 95% achieved Merit or Distinction across all grades.
In the medal grades 6/7/8 100% of students achieved Merit or Distinction.
GCSE & A-Level Drama
Information about these courses can be found on our Academic Drama page.
Drama scholarships are offered at Year 7 and Year 12.
In order to be considered for a Drama scholarship the candidate must have met the academic requirements for admission to Colfe’s.
Auditions take place in December for Year 12 entry and January for Year 7 entry. At both levels we are looking for potential and enthusiasm as well as ability.
Applicants will also be required to submit a brief CV of no longer than one side of A4 containing information about their previous acting experience.
Information on how to apply is available in our Admissions section.