Unable to take the usual form of live theatre, Mr Hammond set a new challenge for House Drama 2020
Our approach is to develop pupils' talents to allow them to perform to professional standards throughout their school life. We believe they should have the opportunity to experience the full repertoire of theatre, from the classics to contemporary plays and encompassing the genres of comedy, tragedy and musical theatre.
Co-curricular clubs run throughout the year and are the heartbeat of Whitgift Drama as performance and technical skills are taught, practised and honed. They are also a huge amount of fun.
The Drama programme at the School is extensive, and students of all ages are encouraged to be involved in theatre each term. First Form, Lower School, Upper School, Fourth Form and Sixth Form productions are staged every year, ranging from Shakespeare to Stoppard to Sondheim.
Auditions are completely open making drama accessible to everyone. A production is also taken to the Edinburgh Festival every two years as the Whitgift Theatre Company.
Some pupils do work professionally, most recently appearing in television productions and films such as Rocket Man, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Silent Witness, The Missing and War and Peace and West End shows including The Lion King, Matilda and Motown The Musical.
Since starting at the School all of our expectations have been surpassed. Every member of staff that we have communicated with has been extremely supportive and knowledgeable.
QUOTE FROM CURRENT PARENT (2020)