Drama is for everyone at Hurst, pupils can perform, work backstage, operate the lighting and sound system, or design and create scenery. From 2018, a newly formed production team will give members of the Sixth Form the opportunity to run certain aspects of the productions produced at Hurst.
Pupils can study for London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams under the supervision of our specialist teaching team.
Co-curricular opportunities offered by the Drama department are extensive with Drama Clubs in the form of rehearsals for the many productions on offer. Sixth Form students are encouraged to take the initiative in managing and directing their own productions, which many do as part of their EPQ.
The Drama department stages more than 20 productions each academic year. Performances range from large-scale musicals, with a professional orchestra, to small-scale scripted and devised plays. All of our productions offer students the opportunity to act, provide technical support or direct.
Recent musicals have included:
- Phantom of the Opera
- Sweeney Todd
From November 10th 2018, Drama productions will be held in the New Bury Theatre, as well as the Drama Studio. Occasionally Hurst productions are also taken off-site and on tour.
House Film Competition
In the Lent term, the Drama department organises a House Film Competition, where students work with those in their house to write, direct and film an original screenplay under the supervision of industry professionals. This is one of the highlights of the school year.