Drama

Drama

Extra-curricular Drama opportunities are many at St. Catherine's, starting with weekly LAMDA classes for individuals or groups of girls who work towards certificates at many different levels up to Gold Medal Acting. Examinations can be taken at two sessions during the year, at the end of the autumn and spring terms. For more information about LAMDA, talk to Mrs Solly or email her on katie.solly@stcatherines.info.

The House Drama competition in December is a major highlight of the school year and an excellent training ground for young actresses and a show case for the more experienced. Every girl in the school has the chance to take part in a short play on a set theme, written and directed by the 6th form girls and House Captains, and rehearsed during House lunches. Themes are set by the House Mistresses and recent themes include: Historical Paintings;Shakespeare; Greek Myths and Legends; Modernised fairytales. Every year a prestigious guest adjudicator pronounces the winners and awards go to the best performed play, best script, and the best actress which will no doubt be as hotly contested as ever in this celebratory year. 

Two major School Drama Productions take place during the year: the Middle School production in October just before half-term, and the Senior Production, in February just before half-term. Both are for auditioned casts, but there are as many roles for the girls to become involved in backstage as on stage, in stage management, lighting, sound, wardrobe, props and publicity. We have a two-year cycle, of two straight plays for Middle and Senior School, followed by a Whole School musical every other year.

There is a two year cycle of large scale productions at St. Cat’s. In 2014-15, there was a whole school production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet” and this year we reverted back to our traditional programme of a Middle School Production and a Senior School Production. In 2015-16 our Middle School Production was an adapted version of Terry Pratchett’s novel “Mort”,  with the Senior School Production of “The Best Christmas Present in the World” by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Ollie Birch.

February 2017 saw the Whole School Production of "West Side Story".

School Productions

  • Whole School production 2015: Return to the Forbidden Planet: Rock-N-Roll version of The Tempest, set in space, complete with roller-skating robots and double-headed blue aliens!
      
  • Senior School 2014 Hamlet: a gritty re-working, set on “Denmark Estate” in London during the London riots of 2011, with the original royal status structure transposed to a gangland hierarchial setting. 
        
  • Middle School 2013 The Tempest: the opener for our St Cat’s Shakespeare season, with Prospero becoming Prospera in this interpretation. Physical theatre and dance created key moments such as the shipwreck and the strange ambience of the island.
        
  • Whole School Musical 2013 The Sound of Music: the legendary classic, given the St. Cat’s treatment with over 100 girls on stage and another 50 in the orchestra pit and backstage. The entire run sold out within a matter of days!
        
  • Senior School 2012 Blood Wedding: a timeless and surreal re-telling of Lorca’s epic Spanish tragedy, featuring live Flamenco guitar, 300 metres of red ribbon, a white tree and an actual snow storm onstage!
        
  • Middle School 2011 Arabian Nights: a collection of ensemble performances, humourously re-telling some of the most famous of the 1001 original tales with rich colours, props and live drumming.
        

Mrs Sally Gallis - Director of Drama