Felsted has a reputation for drama productions of the very highest quality. Drama overall makes a significant contribution to the co-curricular life of the School as a vehicle for expressive learning. Whilst at school, Felstedians are able to learn about themselves and their environment, practice social behaviour and organise their thoughts into language.
Through drama, pupils are able to explore their imagination through participation and teamwork, laying the foundations of these necessary life skills. Dramatic plays allow younger pupils to extend group work, whilst middle year groups are able to portray real life situations or fictional ideas which have been read about through plays and showcases.
Senior School drama develops pupils to a much more advanced level, with pupils able to get involved in competitions, House plays, musicals and more technical theatre. Professional acts also perform throughout the year in Felsted’s own Hunt Theatre, exposing pupils to a wide range of drama.
Felsted offers a wonderful range of opportunities in Drama and The Arts. These include:
- Annual drama productions for each Prep School Phase
- The annual Senior School Play (musical every two years)
- House & League Shows
- GCSE Drama and A Level Drama & Theatre Studies
- Monologue and Duologue competitions and numerous other smaller performance opportunities
- Visiting drama productions in the Hunt Theatre
- Theatre trips to a range of productions
- Lighting and Sound training
- A biennial Drama Tour
- The opportunity to study for a LAMDA speech and drama qualification
Under the guidance of the Senior and Prep School's Head of Drama and full-time Theatre Manager, enthusiastic pupils may also learn to be responsible for all technical aspects of drama, including sound, lighting, make-up, and wardrobe. There are also many opportunities for pupils to direct productions.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about Felsted was going on the production research trips, and the opportunity to attend the Olivier Awards really inspired me to study Drama further.
Being involved in the big musicals was also so much fun, particularly ‘Cabaret’.
Emma Sweeney, Felsted 2009-15
I was in every Felsted play going and was given the opportunity to play lead roles in most of them. I directed our House play and was also an active member of the Debating Society, entering all the public speaking type competitions.
My interest was nurtured and encouraged which helped me audition successfully for the National Youth Theatre and subsequently Drama School.
James Doherty, Felsted 1981-85