Hurstpierpoint School | Co Curricular | Prep School Drama


Drama is a central part of Prep School life with all pupils studying the subject as part of the timetable. In class, drama is used to develop pupils’ understanding of the curriculum as well as explore various genres such as commedia dell’arte, mime, Shakespeare, Greek theatre and Forum theatre.

Four major productions are held each year offering all pupils the opportunity to experience performing. These are compulsory for Years 3 to 6 and optional for Years 7 and 8. While the majority of pupils chose to perform, we are keen to develop skills in all areas of theatre supporting individual interests as much as possible. As such, pupils have the opportunity to be involved as performers, learn stage management skills, develop their understanding of technical theatre, and help with hair and makeup design.

After school drama clubs are also available for all year groups, as well as workshops by industry professionals which are designed to further develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the industry. In Year 8 there is a scholar’s group for those wishing to take a scholarship onto Senior School. This culminates in a large-scale production in the main theatre.

Girl dressed in yellow ball gown on stage with boy dressed as Beast from Beauty in the Beast

Recent shows include:

  • Aladdin
  • Nania
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Peter Pan
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Goodnight Mr Tom
  • The Lion King

LAMDA lessons

We have an outstanding London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) department which offers additional music and drama lessons for an additional charge.

LAMDA lessons can be taken individually or in groups of two or three and take place during the normal school day. Pupils have the opportunity to take LAMDA examinations and our results are among the best in the country.

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