A range of exciting lunchtime drama and dance clubs are on offer to the girls.
Main School Productions
The Main School Production is one of the highlights of the school year and involves up to 100 girls. Productions are often staged in collaboration with the Music Department and staff across the school help with various aspects of the production. Students can apply to be part of the cast or the technical/backstage crew. Recent productions have included: ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ (2010), ‘Guys and Dolls’ (2011), ‘Cabaret’ (2012), ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ (2013), ‘Our Country’s Good’ (2014) and ‘Broadway’ (2015).
“This year, more people have been involved with the School Production than ever before, and it has been a brilliant way for me to feel connected to the school community.” Year 13 ‘Broadway’ cast member (2015)
Key Stage 3 Plays & Clubs
Recent clubs have included: Exploring Shakespeare, History Live, Devising Drama, Playwriting, Musical Theatre and Dance. Recent performances have included ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2011), ‘Twelfth Night’ (2012), ‘The Tempest’ (2013), ‘The Prodigious Snob’ (2014), ‘Hamlet’ (2015) and ‘Pygmalion’ (2016).
“After school Drama club included drama games and an exploration of the play for performance. It was exciting to add props and costume and to prepare for our performance.” Year 7 Drama Club (2016)
Student-led projects are encouraged and younger girls often work under the guidance of Sixth Formers to create pieces for performance. Student-directed performances in 2015-16:
- History Live – a cross-curricular History and Drama project, led by Year 13 Historians and culminating in a Year 7 performance of ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C.Sherriff.
- Shakespeare Society – a performance project directed by Year 12 resulting in a Year 8 and 9 performance of ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.
“We very much enjoyed our first opportunity to direct our first production in the Spring Term. We decided to take an experimental angle on the traditional Macbeth in our production, using Physical Theatre and contemporary costumes, props and set. A real highlight of the project has been getting to know the 30 performers from Years 8 and 9.” Year 12 Director (2016)
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) courses are geared towards improving girls’ communication skills and confidence. LAMDA courses are currently on offer to girls in Years 8 and 9.
The LAMDA Youth Leadership Scheme enables students in Key Stages 4 & 5 to mentor the Key Stage 3 candidates as they prepare for examinations. In the regular LAMDA Performance Evenings, students have the opportunity to share their work with family and friends.
“A real highlight of my first few weeks as a Sixth Former was working with the Year 9 girls in the Monday lunchtime LAMDA sessions, helping with candidates with ideas for characterisation and staging in the weeks leading up to their examination.” Year 12 LAMDA leader (2016)
The ‘Film Skool’ course gives Key Stage 3 students the opportunity to learn about cinematic techniques and to film, edit and watch their own short films in a West End cinema.
“The entire experience of creating the short film was unforgettable. We learnt about how to tell a story on camera in a really creative and visually engaging way before shooting our films with professional cinematographers. The process was challenging but definitely worth it.” Film Skool student (2016)
National Youth Theatre & Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Students are encouraged to audition and take part in evening, weekend and holiday courses at NYT and RADA. Five of our current students are members of the NYT taking on performance and technical roles and another is a member of the RADA Youth Company.
School Founded by Dame Henrietta Barnett