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The Michaelmas Term is always busy, but during the second half of the term, things really ramp up as our drama and performing arts departments prepare to take centre stage.

We have always enjoyed a strong reputation in the field of the arts. The number and scope of dramatic and performing arts productions at both King’s Hall School and King’s College offer plenty of opportunity to get involved in acting or backstage.

King's Hall has just taken audiences down the yellow brick road with a stellar performance of The Wiz, and at King's College, we're about to step back in time with this year's school play, A Christmas Carol.

Behind the scenes, and for months leading up to opening nights, our Head of Drama at King's Hall, Lisa Keirle, and our Head of Drama and Performing Arts at King's College, Harriet Agg-Manning, have been working tirelessly to ensure everything, down to the last detail is spot on.

Both members of staff have a glittering and diverse background in drama and performing arts.

Harriet has extensive experience, gained across a broad variety of productions. With a first-class honours degree in drama and performance from the University of Northumbria, Harriet also gained a national diploma in theatrical make-up.

A great advocate of ‘physical theatre’, Harriet has performed Shakespeare in youth prisons in Northumberland, and spent time in Barcelona, studying the methods of drama practitioner, Lecoq. After completing her PGCE in secondary drama she returned to Devon where she gained further wide-ranging drama experience.

Commenting on her career, she said: I’m lucky to have had such a varied career: I’ve worked with professional actors on a reality project, performed in various productions by new writers at The Phoenix in Exeter, worked as a drama workshop facilitator and even set up my own Youth Theatre group – ‘Top Hat’. I previously worked as Head of Drama at St Margaret’s in Exeter, presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barnfield Theatre, produced a street theatre experience in Princesshay and developed my own musical, Lion’s Pride.”

She added: “I love working with pupils. My list of productions at King’s College continues to grow and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some talented and truly dedicated and hardworking pupils. I look forward to meeting more and to seeing what they can bring to our vibrant drama and performing arts scene here at King’s.”

Similarly, Lisa also has a wealth of drama experience, having worked in theatre in education for the Fire Brigade, and stage managing youth drama festivals and dance shows. Over the years Lisa has directed many successful school musicals and plays such as School of Rock, The Lion King and Bugsy Malone.

With a bachelor of education honours degree in drama, she has also acted herself and still does when time allows. Lisa particularly enjoys touring theatre and festivals. In her younger years, she completed exams to a high level in RAD ballet.

Lisa has a creative flair and an eye for producing imaginative, colourful productions which showcase the talent of the children.

Lisa said: “I believe drama is a key to helping children learn about and prepare for the world around them – learning life skills such as focus, co-operation and communication. I take so much delight from working with the children and try to encourage them to develop a love of performing and a passion and love of the arts.”

This year, we're delighted to announce the introduction of an 11+ Drama and Performing Arts Scholarship for entry in 2020.

Performing Arts Workshops

To help children to prepare for scholarships and auditions, we have two workshops taking place as part of our King's Schools Scholarship Series. These will offer children a fantastic opportunity to come and meet our friendly and passionate staff, and to learn the tricks of the trade to help them stand out from the crowd!

11+ Workshop – Friday 3 January – 9.00am - 12.15pm

13+ Workshop – Saturday 25 January – 9.30am - 11.30am

To book places on our 11+ workshop please visit: Please contact our admissions team to book your place on our 13+ workshop.

To apply for a scholarship or for further information, you can contact: 328204. Details can also be found on our Scholarships page: .

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