Drama is a very popular co-curricular option and there are many opportunities to get involved in drama at Bradfield.
In Year 9 (Faulkner’s), all pupils have a weekly drama lesson and there is the option to continue the subject at GCSE, A-Level, International Baccalaureate and as part of the Extended Project Qualification.
What can beat the formative thrill of performing a school play in your own Greek-style amphitheatre?Tatler Schools Guide 2017
Pupils are also able to study for their LAMDA qualification whilst at the College and many complete the qualification to the Medal stages.
For more information on our drama and creative arts offering, see our co-curricular handbook:
Each term the College produces a large scale production that, through open audition, is available to all pupils regardless of year directed by members of the Drama Department.
The repertoire includes straight plays, musical theatre and, on a three-yearly cycle, our famous Greek Play. In the last couple of years, productions have included Romeo and Juliet, We Will Rock You, Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Godspell and Persae.
Alongside the larger productions, the College runs a Pupil Director’s Scheme in which pupils are supported in directing productions. Pupils also have the opportunity to direct their own work on all of the academic courses and as part of the House Play programme. Weekly drama clubs open to all pupils.
Bradfield hosts visiting theatre companies and it is common practice to invite industry professionals into the classroom to work alongside our pupils.
Industry professionals who have delivered workshops in the last year include Claudia Harrison (Murphy’s Law), Matt Barber (Downton Abbey), Kirk Baltz (Reservoir Dogs) and Stuart Laing (EastEnders).
The College boasts excellent drama facilities, which include an intimate Black Box studio, the Old Gym that can transform into an impressive 400 seat auditorium and, of course, ‘Greeker’, the College’s very own 700 seat outdoor Greek Theatre.
‘Greeker’ – The Greek Theatre
Bradfield is renowned for its Greek plays and Greek Theatre, affectionately known as ‘Greeker’. The first Greek play, Alcestis, was performed in the original language in 1881. This tradition has continued to this day with a Greek play performed every three years.