St Edward’s places great emphasis on the value of the arts to our pupils. There are a number of opportunities for pupils to get involved with St Edward’s thriving co-curricular Drama programme.
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Drama is a huge part of life at St Edward’s. All pupils are able to audition for the annual main school production in the Autumn Term. These productions are usually staged in The North Wall — a fully equipped, professional theatre space. Production values and standards are high and an emphasis is placed on exploring dramatic works to really stretch pupil actors and technicians. Recent productions have included Caucasian Chalk Circle, Footloose, Hamlet, West Side Story, His Dark Materials, Fame, Blood Wedding.
In the Spring Term, Sixth Form productions take place in The North Wall Theatre and in the Drama Studio. Recent work has included a specifically co-commissioned piece, Someone, Somewhere and the powerfully dark Scenes from Punk Rock.
In the Summer Term, a Lower School production takes place in The North Wall as part of the Gaudy Arts Festival. Recent productions have included Disney’s High School Musical, a devised piece, Shakespeare Lives, Bugsy Malone and Mort.
Alongside these productions there are opportunities to produce House Plays and to take Speech and Drama lessons. Pupils are encouraged to attend public theatre performances in The North Wall. They have opportunities to meet an impressive array of professional artists at post-show talkbacks and workshops.
St Edward’s takes at least one show each year to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The 2015 show, Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information, received a 4 star review from the Fringe’s favourite critic, Broadway Baby, who described it as ‘superb …. mature …. polished; an excellent production’.