Girls are provided with a wide range of opportunities to explore the various facets of drama and discover which area they most enjoy. We are a welcoming and inclusive department: Drama is not just for those who enjoy performing on stage and students have recently worked as sound designers, lighting operatives, directors and assistant directors and costume and make-up assistants on a number of productions.
Girls are kept busy with a multitude of clubs and productions across the year. Upper III perform in their own Christmas Pantomime (directed by sixth form students!); Upper III, Lower IV and Upper IV students participate in a play-in-a-day performance and students from Upper IV – Upper VI perform in our prestigious event “The Abbey at South Street Arts Centre”. Recent productions have included Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Macbeth, As You Like It and Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations. This year saw the inaugural Performing Arts Week with the department contributing a number of workshops and performances to this exciting event.
Weekly clubs are offered to Upper III and Lower IV; Upper IV and Lower V, and Upper V – Upper VI. Girls explore devising, improvisation, characterisation, storytelling and text in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere.
The Abbey is also fortunate to have a Theatre Artist in Residence. Cassie Friend is an actor, director and deviser and a founding member of the acclaimed Red Cape Theatre Company. Cassie works alongside Mrs Bellman, Mr Martin and Mrs Davies to deliver our rich and diverse extra-curricular programme, as well as supporting curricular rehearsals, and has a particular focus on the Drama Scholars’ provision. Drama Scholars at the Abbey enjoy a weekly series of workshops and rehearsals, focusing on monologue and duologue, audition support, devising, choral work, mime and mask. They perform in their own Scholars’ production in December and present informal showcases of their work in the summer term.