We enjoyed an entertaining and thought-provoking House Drama Festival at the Redgrave Theatre just before half term. In the annual festival each of our Upper School houses puts on a performance of their choosing.
All of our students put on fantastic shows from a range of eras, including Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Thirty-Nine Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow, and The History Boys by Alan Bennett.
The House Drama Festival brings the houses together, and encourages challenge and teamwork across the school. It has been in existence for more than 100 years and is one of the biggest features of the school year. It enables pupils to make choices, take the lead, work for their houses, and have the confidence to oversee a production from its inception to its production.
It is not only drama students that take part in the event; for many, it was their first time on stage, directing or producing, and this is what makes the event so special.
Karen Pickles, Director of Drama, said: “Theatre is about pushing the boundaries, finding different ways of dealing with controversial issues, and our pupils dealt with these with empathy and maturity.
“It was fabulous to see the creative, innovative ways in which they added to their performances and the different visions everyone had. Well done to everyone.”