Legally Blonde in Rehearsal: our short film goes backstage to find out what it feels like to take part in a Harrodian musical drama
Our extracurricular drama programme is a vital ingredient in Harrodian culture. On average, 15 performances take place every year under the umbrella of the Drama department and we pride ourselves on offering as many opportunities as possible to every age group.
This passion to for live theatre remained undimmed by the lockdown of 2020/21 when, despite the the constraints of social distancing, the Drama team successfully staged a sparkling Christmas production of A Christmas Carol, top. You can read Head of Drama, Mr Glen's views on the importance of performance and see pictures of students in rehearsal by following this link.
Recent productions, such as Legally Blonde, Shadows and Tall Trees, above, Oedipus Rex, bottom, and our musical The Addams Family, below, all aim to unleash the appetite of Harrodians to perform and create excitement through our school community. They have a special value for the school and the performers, instilling a shared sense of pride and purpose and boosting the confidence, creativity and teamwork skills of those who take part.
Read a website article about the Addams Family and see more pictures by following this link
Productions unleash the appetite of Harrodians to perform and create excitement throughout the school
Read an interview with the student director of The Importance of Being Earnest
Recent productions have included a riotous retake of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, set in a 1920s New York Jazz Bar, below, and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, above, which was directed and acted by Harrodian Sixth Formers. Our Drama team regularly collaborates closely with Harrodian's Music and Dance experts. In 2018 we staged Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock: the next generation, bottom, a joint production co-directed by our heads of Drama, Music and Dance. This rousing musical required pupils from 9 to 14, not just to act, but to sing, dance and in some cases, even to play instruments too.
The Drama Department offers many opportunities for students to see professional productions with numerous trips to West End and Fringe plays.
Year 11 and 12 Drama students are invited to join a two-day stage acting workshop every January. The weekend's programme devised by Harrodian's Drama team is intense and combines rehearsal alongside a stage-acting workshop focusing on stagecraft and extemporisation led by theatre company, Frantic Assembly. To find out more, please follow this link