Wetherby Senior pupils tackled a new challenge, trying their best in a rugby match, this week.
Drama remains hugely popular at Wetherby Senior, and our Drama Department provides fantastic opportunities for boys to get involved – both on- and off-stage.
Wetherby Senior’s Drama Department produces three large scale productions a year, with recent works ranging from comedies to tragedies and from dramas to murder mysteries. All include acting roles for our boys, plus opportunities for behind-the-scenes work in lighting, set and costume design.
Our Upper School production remains Wetherby Senior’s biggest event and takes place in our Autumn Term, with the final performances on-stage at RADA. Shows of the highest quality are staged with our Upper School boys, plus girls from Francis Holland, Regents Park. This production also involves collaboration with professional set designers, lighting designers and costume designers from the West End, made easy by our central London location. It provides a fantastic opportunity for our young people to gain a true insight into working in a theatre.
Our School’s house drama competition is known as Trib Drama and takes place in our Spring Term. Using our Drama Studio, on Marylebone Lane, our Tribs each perform a different scene from a play specifically written for Wetherby Senior. The production is entirely pupil-led, with each Trib having selected their own director, assistant director and actors, which enables our boys to develop their dramatic skills, both on- and off-stage.
Our Lower School production, during our Summer Term, is a wonderful opportunity for those 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 Drama Department runs theatre visits during the year and our central London location ensuring easy access to many exciting and innovative productions. Recent theatre visits have included:
Before the pandemic, theatre visits arranged by our Drama Department included:
Wetherby Senior’s 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.
Find out more about drama at Wetherby Senior by registering for our Open Day or Visitor Morning here.
At our Open Day, you’ll meet our current pupils and staff, so you can ask them about drama at Wetherby Senior! In the meantime, Year 7 pupil Samar reflects on taking part in drama productions and other co-curricular activities during his first year at Wetherby Senior.