Theatre is of an exceptional standard at Woldingham and is an important part of academic and personal development.

Alongside drama in the curriculum, our superb facilities provide all girls with the opportunity to take part in both major productions and workshop performances of scripted and devised work. There is also the chance to experience all aspects of backstage and design work in theatre.  All this is possible thanks to the specialist teaching and resource rooms to be found in the Millennium Centre for the Performing Arts. This includes a 600-seat auditorium with orchestra pit, industry standard sound and lighting control rooms, scenery construction dock, wardrobe room for costume and prop construction, dressing rooms and a separate fully-equipped Studio Theatre.

We stage at least three major productions in the main Auditorium each year. Many parents and visitors marvel that our performers are ordinary students and hold up recent productions as ‘as good as the West End’.

Over the past couple of years we are proud that a number of girls have been chosen to be part of the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre. Girls are involved in local and professional theatre during their time with us and many go on to become specialists in their own chosen field of Drama and Theatre at university and beyond.

Speech and Drama lessons are available from a visiting, highly qualified peripatetic teacher.  Students are able to take the Trinity College Graded Speech and Drama examinations at the school; Public Speaking and Communication Skills are also on offer for all year groups.  We have had some exceptional results over the past years.

 “The Drama Department has a reputation for edgy productions and inclusive casting: every Year 7 girl has to be in the Year 7 play. This makes it pretty astonishing as they try to give them all speaking parts.”

The Times Arts section, 14 January 2015

 

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