Drama holds a very special place in the heart of Epsomians. Throughout the year, whether in academic lessons, co-curricular pursuits, or House-based social events such as soirees, our pupils take centre stage (or work wonders backstage) so that audiences are entertained.
We produce two Senior productions and two Junior productions, plus additional showcase performances, throughout the year.
School shows and musicals are lavish affairs with high production values and packed audiences that showcase the impressive talents of our pupils.
If you are an aspiring actor or performer, the School productions are your time to shine. Auditions are always good fun, building your confidence whilst challenging yourself.
If you get a lead, medium or ensemble role, you will rehearse the scenes you are in and develop your characterisation. You will have the chance to develop vocal skills, characterisation work, improvisation and physical theatre.
If it’s a musical theatre piece, you will work with a professional choreographer to learn choreography for the routines you are involved in.
The productions may challenge you, but they are genuine highlights of the school calendar, and live long in the memory.
The College Players
This club runs in the Michaelmas Term, and is solely for those pupils in Year 9 who have a passion for theatre. Sessions are held weekly and build toward a public performance held in the Performing Arts Centre. Pupils will explore different styles, genres and techniques to develop their theatrical repertoire.
Lower School Drama Club
This club runs in the Michaelmas Term and is solely for budding actors in Years 7 and 8. Sessions are held weekly by members of our Upper Sixth Theatre Studies A-level students. This gives our Lower School pupils the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of our Sixth Formers, and collaborate to create a unique piece of theatre for public performance in the Performing Arts Centre at the end of the term.
We offer the full range of LAMDA examinations as part of the co-curricular programme. They improve communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills.
The exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual – but they are also about empowerment. Their ultimate aim is to provide all with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be a success: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas succinctly.
These qualifications are for everyone and they even give you UCAS points helping in your university application.
LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisations offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years helping each individual to develop lifelong skills.
This activity enables aspiring designers and technicians to learn the craft of technical theatre. This is an excellent, hands-on practical course suitable for anyone with an interest in the background behind productions.
The College has a professional theatre technician who teaches eager students everything they need to know about lighting, sound and stage management.
You will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice, assisting with School Productions. This may include activities such as painting the set, rigging and focusing lights, sound design and pyrotechnics.
We hire professional West End stage sets, as well as making sets of our own, and regularly hire costumes and sets from The National Theatre.
The College regularly updates equipment to ensure that the Stage Crew get a chance to work with the latest technology, including LED lighting and digital sound desks.
In all aspects of performing arts at the College, our approach is practical and experiential. The Stage Crew are always the backbone of every major College production.