Drama

Wetherby Senior’s Drama Department affords many opportunities for our boys to get involved – whether it be performing on stage or behind-the-scenes, with set design, lighting and costumes.

Drama remains a key and popular part of our School’s co-curricular offering. Our Drama Department produces three large scale productions a year:

  • Our Upper School production is our biggest event and takes place in our autumn term. Shows of the highest quality are staged with our Upper School boys, plus girls from Queen’s College London and Francis Holland, Regents Park. This production will also involve collaboration with professional set designers, lighting designers and costume designers from the West End, made easy by our central London location and providing a fantastic opportunity for our young people to gain an insight into working in a theatre.
  • Our Lower School production in our summer term is are a wonderful opportunity for our younger actors in Years 7 to 9 to star in a full length play. Boys act on a professionally designed set and are given extensive actor training throughout the process.
  • Our house drama event is known as Trib Drama and takes place in our spring term. After a two-year delay, caused by the pandemic, our 2022 production is So Long Mr Longland, a comedy murder mystery written specifically for Wetherby Senior by playwright Jacob Sheils. Using our Drama Studio, on Marylebone Lane, our Tribs each perform a different scene and the production is entirely pupil-led, with each Trib having selected their own director, assistant director and actors. This enables our boys to develop their dramatic skills, both on- and off-stage.

Theatre visits

Our Drama Department runs theatre visits throughout the year to see notable shows, with our central London location ensuring easy access to many exciting and innovative productions. So far, for the 2021-22 academic year, this has included:

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • & Juliet
  • Life of Pi
  • Best of Enemies

Before the pandemic, theatre visits arranged by our Drama Department  included:

  • The Lion King
  • Come from Away
  • People, Places and Things
  • Things I Know to be True
  • The Jungle
  • Matilda
  • The Encounter
  • Jekyll & Hyde

Our Drama Department has also runs trips abroad, including a visit to Broadway, New York, in 2018 and a tour of Sony Studios, LA, in 2019.

 


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