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Drama

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Our Staff

Mr B Kavanagh (Director of Drama)
Mrs D Straw (Drama and Music Technician)

Year 7


Year Seven undertake six separate units within the yearly scheme of work, all of which seek to give them a comprehensive introduction to the work of William Shakespeare – the founding father of modern theatre - whilst at the same time, building on their performance and public speaking skills. In particular – voice, physicality, presentation & movement.

The schemes of work challenge the student to improve their performance skills by beginning with solo performances and then working through the year to large group performances, all the while growing in their understanding of Shakespeare and how his work has informed all modern theatre since its inception.

Students are continually assessed in class through their creative writing, their rehearsal techniques and their performances, which are evaluated by their peers as well as the teacher. Students are expected to underpin all of this with knowledge of the context of the texts they are working with, as well as the techniques they are working in.

Year 8


Year Eight builds on the performance skills learnt in year seven and hones them into public speaking areas. Whilst year seven sought to give the students greater experience of performing and specific feedback on stagecraft, year eight explores performance in different spaces, different forms and to different audiences through public speaking and the spoken word.

Year eight undertake three separate units within the half-yearly scheme of work, all of which seek to develop their understanding of how to present the spoken word in three main focuses: Public Speaking or Speech making, Writing and Presenting, and Devising.

Productions


Every year the Drama Department stages three major events in the school, allowing students to continue their love and passion for the subject in their own time and out of lessons. A full list of productions with photo gallery and links to videos can be found below.

Autumn Term: Drama Soirée

The Drama Soirée is the first opportunity for Year Seven to perform to a live audience as they present Shakespearean and Jacobean monologues to a select audience. Tickets are offered freely to Parents and Teachers, with the Sixth Form adding additional modern duologues and presenting duties.

Spring Term: Senior Production

The Senior Production traditionally takes place in February and involves students from Year 9 to 13. A full scale production, it takes place in the john Jenkins hall for three nights and can range from experimental Shakespeare to traditional book musicals. Past productions include: My Fair Lady (2019), Romeo & Juliet (2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017), King Lear (2016), Macbeth (2014), The Madness Of George III (2013).

Summer Term: Junior Production

The Junior Production traditionally takes place in July and involves years 7 and 8 with support from a senior school crew. Student who have been nurtured through the year in class are encouraged to get involved in this first chance at being part of a full scale production and taking lead roles. Past productions include: Lord Of The Flies (2019), Cats (2018), The Wizard Of Oz (2017), Oliver! (2016), Animal Farm (2015).
 

Archive of Past Productions

Titles with links have pages with further information, such as programmes and photos. Those with an asterisk (1987 onwards) also have access to full-length videos of the production. Where videos are password protected, please email for access.

CAMBERWELL (1950 – 1974)


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Oscar Wilde (1950)
ARMS AND THE MAN George Bernard Shaw (1951)
MACBETH William Shakespeare (Mar 1952)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING William Shakespeare (1953)
THE ASCENT OF F6 W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood (1954)
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Nikolai Gogol (1955)
THE MISANTHROPE Molière (1956)
THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN Sean O’Casey (1957)
THE ALCHEMIST Ben Jonson (1958)
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL T. S. Eliot (1959)
OEDIPUS REX Sophocles (1959)
TWELFTH NIGHT William Shakespeare (1961)
BILLY BUDD Herman Melville (1961)
KING HENRY IV Part I William Shakespeare (1962)
THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL Willis Hall (1963)
THE BACCHAE Euripides (1963)
THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miller (Dec. 1963)
THE QUARE FELLOW Brendan Behan (1964)
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL T. S. Eliot (1965)
THE DUMB WAITER Harold Pinter / WAITING FOR GODOT Samuel Becket (1965)
THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS Dylan Thomas (1966)
THE MIKADO W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (1968)
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH Edward Bond (1969)
A SUBJECT OF SCANDAL AND CONCERN John Osborne (1970)
THE POLTERGEIST Frank Harvey (1971)
ZIGGER ZAGGER Peter Terson (1972)
OFF WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Anon. (1973)
THE THWARTING OF BARON BOLLIGREW Robert Bolt (1974)


WALLINGTON (1975 – Present)


THE LIFE OF GALILEO Bertolt Brecht (Dec. 1975)
ANDROCLES AND THE LION Bernard Shaw (Mar. 1976)
SWEENEY TODD George Dibdin Pitt (Dec. 1976)
OLIVER! Lionel Bart (Mar. 1977)
BIRDS Aristophanes (Dec. 1977)
TWELFTH NIGHT William Shakespeare (Feb. 1979)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Oscar Wilde (Dec. 1979)
ANTONIO’S REVENGE John Marston (Dec. 1980)
THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE Bernard Shaw (Dec. 1981)
ENTER A FREE MAN (Staff) Tom Stoppard (Jul. 1982)
CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING Arnold Wesker (Dec. 1982)
THE GOLDEN MASQUE OF AGAMEMNON John Wiles (Feb. 1983)
TOAD OF TOAD HALL A. A. Milne (Jul. 1983)
THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN Peter Shaffer (Dec. 1983)
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (6th Form) Dario Fo (Mar. 1984)
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND (Staff) Tom Stoppard (Jul. 1984)
BEYOND A JOKE (6th Form) Derek Benfield (Nov. 1984)
HUBERT AND THE FIREWORK Martin Knight (Dec. 1984)
AN EVENING OF ONE-ACT DRAMA (March 1985) comprising:
MEDEA Euripides, SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU and A TRAGIC ROLE Anton Chekhov, OUT AT SEA Slavomir Mrozek
WHITE LIARS/BLACK COMEDY (Staff and Sixth Form) Peter Shaffer (Jul. 1985)
MY FAIR LADY (Sixth Form) Lerner & Lowe (May 1986)
THE SPORT OF MY MAD MOTHER Ann Jellicoe (Jul. 1986)

FROGS* Aristophanes (Mar. 1987)
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS* William Shakespeare (Dec. 1987)
THE THWARTING OF BARON BOLLIGREW Robert Bolt (Jul. 1988)
CINDERELLA* (Staff) John Morley Dec. 1988
THE INJUSTICE DONE TO TOU NGO*/AFTER MAGRITTE* (Sixth Form) Kuan Han Ch’ing / Tom Stoppard (Mar. 1989)
KING OEDIPUS* Sophocles Mar. 1990
DRACULA SPECTACULA!* Gardiner & Parr (Dec. 1990)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM* William Shakespeare (Mar. 1992)
DOCTOR FAUSTUS* Christopher Marlowe (Dec. 1992)
CULTURE BEAT* Paul Gerrard (Mar. 1994)
HIAWATHA* Michael Bogdanov (Dec. 1994)
ALADDIN* (Staff) John Morley (Dec. 1995)
’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE* (at the Secombe Theatre) John Ford (Feb. 1997)
GHETTO (at the Secombe Theatre) Joshua Sobol (Feb. 1998)
THE SEVEN-SIDED DICE* Phil Rean & Mike Smith (Jul. 1999)
MACBETH* William Shakespeare (Feb. 2000)
AMADEUS* Peter Shaffer (Dec. 2000)
THE NATIVITY* Tony Harrison (Dec. 2001)
THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES* Wole Soyinka (Dec. 2002)
DICK WHITTINGTON* (Staff) John Morley (Dec. 2003)
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT (Year 7) Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jul. 2004)
LORD OF THE FLIES* Nigel Williams (Dec. 2004)
TREASURE ISLAND* (Year 7) Stephen Kingsbury (Jul. 2005)
OLIVER!* Lionel Bart (Dec. 2005)
BUGSY MALONE* (Year 7) Alan Parker (Jul. 2006)
ENTER A FREE MAN* Tom Stoppard (Dec. 2006)
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS* (Year 7) Alan Bennett (Jul. 2007)
HAMLET* William Shakespeare (Dec. 2007)
GUYS AND DOLLS JR.* (Year 7) Frank Loesser (Jul. 2008)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST* Oscar Wilde (Dec. 2008)
WE WILL ROCK YOU* (Year 7) Ben Elton & Queen (Jul. 2009)
SINBAD THE SAILOR* (Staff) John Morley (Dec. 2009)
HAMLET* (Year 8) & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM* (Year 7) Shakespeare 4 Kidz (Mar. 2010)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING* (Year 9) William Shakespeare (July 2010)
HIGH SOCIETY* Cole Porter (Dec. 2011)
TITUS ANDRONICUS* William Shakespeare (Feb. 2012)
LES MISÉRABLES* (Year 7/8) Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Jul. 2012)
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III* Alan Bennett (Dec. 2012)
TWELFTH NIGHT William Shakespeare (Mar. 2013)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* (Year 7/8) Joseph Stein, Jerry Brock, Sheldon Harnick (Jul. 2013)
SWEENEY TODD The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim (February 2014)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST* (Year 7/8) Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Jul. 2014)
MACBETH William Shakespeare (Dec. 2014)
ANIMAL FARM (Year 7) George Orwell, Peter Hall (Jul. 2015)
KING LEAR* William Shakespeare (Feb. 2016)
OLIVER!* (Year 7/8) Lionel Bart (Jul. 2016)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM* William Shakespeare (Feb. 2017)
THE WIZARD OF OZ* (Year 7/8) Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg and John Kane (July 2017)
ROMEO AND JULIET* William Shakespeare (Feb. 2018)
CATS* (Year 7/8/9) Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jul. 2018)
MY FAIR LADY Lerner & Lowe (Feb. 2019)
LORD OF THE FLIES* (Year 7/8/9) Nigel Williams (Jul. 2019)
THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miler (Feb. 2020)

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