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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.

Stewart House Ages 4-6

Children are encouraged to express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings through imaginative movement and role plays. The use of available resources to create props to support role play is encouraged.

All pupils take part in our annual nativity play. Potential talent in this area is recognised and encouraged, with opportunities to speak and perform at regular concerts and assemblies.

Ffrome Court Ages 7-8

Drama is introduced through English lessons in Year 3, as children are encouraged to express themselves through drama and speaking activities.

In Year 4, children analyse play scripts as part of their English studies, which links to the Year 4 play, in which all pupils have the opportunity to participate.

LAMDA speech and drama lessons are available as an extra-curricular activity. Many children also take LAMDA exams at school, for which we are proud to have a 100% pass rate over an impressive number of years, with many achieving a Merit or Distinction.

Cloisters Ages 9-10

Year 5 pupils begin to work towards a higher standard of drama, building basic skills of organisation and acquiring an understanding of how a play becomes a performance. Awareness of language, teamwork and problem solving is introduced with elements of physical theatre and use of space.

Pupils use drama to explore ideas that occur in every day life, studying topics such as Physical Drama and the Titanic.

Year 6 pupils further enhance their performance skills whilst understanding what is required to become a skilful actor. Pupils acquire an understanding of Shakespeare and his influence on Drama and study Macbeth. The use of vocal skills, masks, body language and interaction allows pupils to use drama as a tool whereby a message can be portrayed.

LAMDA speech and drama lessons are available as an extra-curricular activity. Many children also take LAMDA exams at school, for which we are proud to have a 100% pass rate over an impressive number of years, with many achieving a Merit or Distinction.

Courtauld House Ages 11-12

Pupils are encouraged to deliver depth in their performances and are able to use ‘Issue Drama’ and ‘Stage Drama’ to illustrate what can be achieved through the medium of drama.

Issues such as Gender and World War I are studied, allowing the serious nature of the topics to be conveyed with depth through performance.

Year 7 and 8 pupils are invited to audition for the Courtauld House Annual production.

Mary Skills Awards are available for those who possess a talent in Drama.

LAMDA speech and drama lessons continue to be available as an extra-curricular activity. Many children also take LAMDA exams at school, for which we are proud to have a 100% pass rate over an impressive number of years, with many achieving a Merit or Distinction.

Senior School Ages 13-15

Drama Scholarships are available for Year 9 entry.

All new Year 9 pupils stake part in acting auditions to assess their level of talent.

Drama is studied in Year 9 by all pupils, and can be studied as an option at GCSE Level, with acting for performance a major component part of the examination.

Drama coaching and LAMDA speech and drama lessons continue to be available as an extra-curricular activity. Many children also take LAMDA exams at school, for which we are proud to have a 100% pass rate over an impressive number of years, with many achieving a Merit or Distinction.

Pupils may join the cast of school productions including the major production in the Autumn term. Recent performances have included Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and The Secret Garden, which were of West End standard and received rave reviews.

A Spring Term production is usually a non-musical performance and a monologue/duologue competition takes place in the Summer for our Year 9 and 10 pupils.

Drama scholars are encouraged to take part in all drama productions and activities.

There are regular opportunities to attend professional drama and comedy performances, hosted in the School Hunt Theatre. There are also regular trip to theatres in the West End and elsewhere.

Sixth Form Ages 16-18

Drama Scholarships are available for Year 12 entry.

Drama can studied as an A Level option or as part of the IB Diploma (Language & Performance English). Acting for performance is a major component part of these examinations.

Drama coaching and LAMDA speech and drama lessons continue to be available as an extra-curricular activity. Many children also take LAMDA exams at school, for which we are proud to have a 100% pass rate over an impressive number of years, with many achieving a Merit or Distinction.

Pupils may join the cast of school productions including the major production in the Autumn term. Recent performances have included Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and The Secret Garden, which were of West End standard and received rave reviews. A Spring Term production is usually a non-musical performance.

Drama scholars are encouraged to take part in all drama productions and activities.

There are regular opportunities to attend professional drama and comedy performances, hosted in the School Hunt Theatre. There are also regular trip to theatres in the West End and elsewhere.

Expert advice is given to those wishing to study Drama at university and we have a successful track record or preparing our students well for National Youth Theatre auditions.

Felsted's Hunt Theatre

Felsted's Hunt Theatre is equipped technically to the standard of any small professional theatre: the extensive facilities include flexible seating for 128, fully computerised lighting and sound controls, an impressive range of lanterns and sound equipment, dressing rooms, a front-of-house box office and a licensed bar.

Larger scale productions are put on in the Senior School's majestic Grignon Hall and the Prep School’s Ross Hall.

The Felsted Hunt Theatre regularly receives productions by major national and international touring companies; all our pupils, parents and members of the local Felsted community are invited to enjoy professional productions on their doorstep!


Thespian Society

The School's Thespian Society is enormously popular, and enables pupils to see a remarkable range of professional shows. Felstedians have the opportunity to make regular visits to provincial theatres and those in the West End of London, including productions by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as more popular musical shows.

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
Actress

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
Actor