Something for everyone
In addition to their timetabled Drama lessons, boys have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cross curricular drama workshops (English, History & PSHE), which are provided by some of London's first-rate 'Theatre in Education' groups. There are also a number of theatre visits including the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, the Lyric in Hammersmith and London’s West End.
For those who are keen to develop their skills outside of a formal class environment, we also offer a number of clubs and extra-curricular activities, including a Technical Theatre Club. Here they are taught how to operate our sophisticated light and sound equipment, as well as exploring the skills behind set design, stage management and prop making. Members are then invited to put their skills into practice and support the school productions and assemblies.
We also run the extremely popular St Paul’s Youth Theatre, (SPYT) - a weekly co-educational activity for young people aged seven to thirteen. The Youth Theatre allows members to develop a wide range of theatre skills under the leadership of the Drama department and visiting theatre professionals from places like National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and Slingshot. SPYT frequently work towards performance projects, included scripted, devised and site specific work.
Variety of productions
We host four large scale productions annually, with frequent extras added in. In the first year the boys will take part in either an assembly performance (Lower First) or a full year play (Upper First). The Lower Second Year take part in small scale, cross-curricular collaborations (Latin, English and French) as well as producing the annual Playwriting competition, whilst the Upper Second perform a whole year play, often specially commissioned. In the Third Year, all boys have the opportunity to audition for our major Autumn production. These may be plays or musicals, occasionally in collaboration with St Paul’s Girls’ School, and are a much anticipated highlight of the academic year. All performances are supported by our Technical Club members.
The annual Talent Show is also not to be missed. Hosted at the School at the start of the Summer Term and held in association with the parents’ committee, this show is open to any boy with an act! The best acts perform in the final - a sell-out night that attracts high calibre judges.
Drama productions include Oliver!, Arabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Suit, The Witches and Around the World in 80 Days.