Drama is a vibrant, thriving subject at The Winston Churchill School and there are numerous opportunities to be involved either on stage or behind the scenes. There is enthusiastic support for Drama at every level of our school and a rich pool of talent emerges annually from this pulsating area of school life. Over the academic year, drama students perform on a regular basis, ranging from small studio pieces to full stage shows and musicals.
The school has become well known in the local area for the high standard of its drama productions, all of which are open to the public. Recent showcase successes at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre include; ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘The Ragged Child’, ‘Oh, What A Lovely War’, ‘Annie’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and, in 2019, ‘Grease’.
Students have performed at the Camberley Theatre and at G Live in Guildford in the Shakespeare Schools Festival for nine consecutive years with ‘Taming of the Shrew’, ‘Hamlet’ ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, ‘The Comedy of Errors’, ‘Othello’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Richard 111’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and, in 2018, ‘King Lear’. We were privileged to have been chosen to perform at the Oxford Playhouse as part of the 2012 National Theatre Connections project with a newly commissioned production of ‘Victim, Sidekick, Boyfriend, Me’. Since then, we have performed ‘The Boy Preference’, at the Soho Theatre, ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Sweetness of a Sting’, at the Lyric Theatre in London and ‘The Snow Dragons’ at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
We also produce Lower School drama plays, which have featured a wonderful and hugely original promenade style performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Fox Fantastic’, ‘Cargo’ and ‘After Class’. In the summer of 2019, we are premiering a brand new play, ‘Glitch’, written by two of our very own Drama teachers. We have also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the WC Theatre Company, in ‘The False Corpse’ and with a beautiful children’s production of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, which received rave reviews from the local Edinburgh press.
Drama forms an integral part of the curriculum for all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. AQA GCSE Drama is a popular option at KS4 as the syllabus offers a good balance of practical and text based work.
Whether studying Drama as an option or not, this exciting area of life at Winston Churchill affords numerous opportunities for all pupils to perform, design and direct in the many productions that take place during the school year.
Drama clubs run from September through to December from 3pm – 4pm. Year 7’s meet every Tuesday, Year 8’s every Wednesday with Year 9 Drama club running every Thursday in the Autumn term.