There is never a dull moment in the Drama Department! In addition to timetabled lessons in lower school and the option to study Drama for GCSE and Theatre Studies for A Level, there are a number of extra-curricular activities.
First and second form students have their own clubs which are always popular. Two major productions take place each year with large numbers involved either on stage or backstage, testing their lighting skills, constructing the set, creating costumes or doing stage management. Recent productions have ranged from ‘Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World’ by Louis de Berniere, (who surprised the cast by turning up in the audience for one of the performances), to ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ and Fame! Although girls tend to take the leads, some productions do involve boys from local schools. Regular trips to the theatre are enjoyed by both girls and staff.
In addition to whole school musical productions and a lower school play each year, Prior’s Field students take part in the national ‘Schools’ Shakespeare Festival’. In 2009 it was Macbeth, in 2010 Much Ado About Nothing and in 2011 it was Taming of the Shrew.
Additional activities over the holidays are also offered, with students signing up for workshops to develop their skills.
A large number of girls enjoy LAMDA lessons, including Bronze, Silver and Gold medal classes. Each year the results are excellent with many achieving distinction. RADA courses are also offered.
Prior’s Field girls are regularly successful in drama festivals and competitions with a number usually involved in local and professional productions at any one time. Some have performed in the West End, others have gone on to study at RADA. Our excellent Drama Studio and theatre provision support a wealth of talent!