Drama at King's
King's has a thriving drama and performing arts scene. Every year the department stages a large-scale blcokbuster performance, alternating between a musical and a play.
Pupils of all ages can get involved, from acting, dancing, singing and playing in the band, to back stage costume and make-up artist work, and set building and lighting.
“Thank you so much for everything you've done for me – recognising my ability and potential, setting up all the dates and timings for my drama audition and Taster Day, and welcoming me to this exciting school. I'm already loving King's College after the first day!”
- New pupil writing to our Registrar
Pupils have gone on to study the subject at drama school and university, and work in the profession in a number of careers both on stage and behind the scenes.
Ours is a working theatre, at the heart of our community, and pupils are actively encouraged to involve themselves in its day-to-day running, thereby learning new skills. We try to offer a wide variety of performances in which to participate. For example:
- Large-scale musical Grease
- The Scholars’ Murder Mystery,
- Classic drama in the form of The Great Gatsby
Past productions have included:
Charlotte's Webb; Twelfth Night; Alice in Wonderland; The Wizard of Oz; Guys and Dolls; Much Ado About Nothing; An Inspector Calls; The Ice Palace; The Sound of Music; Metamorphosis; The Importance of Being Earnest; Fantastic Mr Fox; The Lady in the Van; The Great Gatsby; Grease; and A Christmas Carol.
The school is very fortunate in having a 250-seat dedicated theatre fully equipped with computer lighting desk, a large inventory of lanterns, up-to-date sound systems and flexible staging plus a full-time theatre manager to which the drama department has full access.
The department itself also has a black box drama studio with dance floor, staging and computer lighting desk and sound system. In addition it has a dedicated teaching space and extensive costume and prop stores, which enable pupils to access equipment easily in daily drama classes and this is encouraged.
Our wonderful amphitheatre, is an exciting facility that gives us an excellent opportunity perform outside and in the round.
The Sound of Music – Mannequin Challenge
The Great Gatsby Trailer
Grease Cast Trailer
Harriet achieved a First Class Honours in Drama and Performance at the University of Northumbria. She has a sound knowledge in theatrical make-up and is a great advocate of ‘physical theatre.'
Alastair studied Drama with a BA from Royal Holloway, London University, followed by a postgraduate from Drama Studio London. His specialisms include technical theatre, site specific theatre/carnival and directing.
Christopher works on a wide variety of site specific events and tours, and has a keen interest in fabrication and technical installation in difficult or non-purpose built performance spaces.
Anthony Irvine studied English at Oriel, College, Oxford. He later studied acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has a wealth of teaching knowledge and vast acting and performing experience from his days in Europe as part of a touring circus in Italy and a comedy act in Germany. He even had character parts in long forgotten TV series and films (Dempsey and Makepeace, and Funny Bones)!