St Peter's 13-18
Drama & Theatre Studies at St Peter’s is an academic subject with excellent results at GCSE and A-level.
Co-curricular drama is a vibrant and diverse activity at St Peter’s. The department holds numerous productions staged each year in the recently refurbished Memorial Hall and the Dame Judi Dench Studio Theatre.
The main school production in November involves all year groups at St Peter’s 13-18, and all pupils are welcome to audition. Every two years, this production is an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza in collaboration with the Music Department. Recent productions include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2018), As you Like It (2017) and Grease (2016).
Fifth Form pupils participate in the nationwide Shakespeare Schools Festival in October which gives them the opportunity to perform not only in school but at a professional theatre venue. Fourth Form pupils take part in National Connections in April,in which established playwrights ask pupils to debut their new plays, whilst Third Form pupils hold an exciting production as the summer term draws to a close.
In co-curricular drama, pupils are taught to become perceptive theatre practitioners and practical experience is at the heart of the subject at all levels. Pupils are not only performers in productions, but are also invited to be part of the technical crew on lighting and sound design, stage management, set and costume design, and as assistant directors.
Regular trips to the professional theatre take place throughout the year and LAMDA qualifications are also available to pupils at St Peter's School.