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 A Chorus of Disapproval (Years 11-13), James and the Giant Peach (Years 7-9), Return To The Forbidden Planet (Years 10-13), The 39 Steps (Years 11-13), School of Rock (Years 7-9) and a promenade performance of Romeo and Juliet (Years 7-10).
Pupils across the school are invited to learn new skills from theatre companies – 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 (Years 7-9) 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 and in Technical Theatre Club run by our full time Theatre Technician.
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.
Furthermore, we also offer Lower School Drama Club, Technical Theatre Club, Musical Theatre Club, National Youth Theatre workshops, LAMDA, House Dance, House Drama, Lower School Production, Senior School Production, Easter School Musical, Summer School Musical, and Drama School Audition Coaching.
Pupils may opt to sit the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations. LAMDA is the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisation 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. Recently, 149 students across the Senior School took part. 96% achieved Merit or Distinction across all grades.
In the medal grades 6/7/8 100% of students achieved Merit or Distinction.
Pupils can also audition for The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. In the last three years, we have got 14 Colfe’s students into NYT as both actors and theatre technicians. Quite a track record!
At Key Stage 3 we ensure that all year groups experience live West End Theatre. We facilitate a trip for the entire cohort. A wonderful opportunity for student engagement, harnessing creativity and honing their evaluation skills. Recent trips have included: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Matilda, School of Rock, Come from Away, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
Annually, our GCSE and A-level students experience numerous theatre trips. We ensure they see a plethora of different styles of theatre from hard hitting political drama and immersive theatre experiences to musical theatre and Shakespeare. Recent trips have included: Death of A Salesman, Witness for the Prosecution, Cyrano de Bergerac and Groan Ups.
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.