Drama

Drama

Drama at Caterham is vibrant, inclusive and a key part of each term

Pupils are involved at every level with co curricular clubs, termly performances and House drama events. Its not just treading the boards, pupils taking leading roles in tech, production, costume and make-up.  We are fortunate to benefit from the new Centre for Performing Arts which includes a full size theatre (The Humphreys Theatre), small ‘black box’ style theatre and performing space (The Deayton Theatre) and Dance Studio in addition to further rehearsal and production space.

For details of our co curricular clubs and termly productions please see below.

Drama Club and Puppetry

Drama club is open to all years and provides an opportunity to enjoy drama games and improvisations to develop spontaneity, creativity and confidence.   Puppetry skills will be the focus of the Autumn Term.  Drama club members are encouraged to take part in productions but you don’t have to!  Drama club is informal and focused on fun.

 

LAMDA

LAMDA is a nationally recognised theatre qualification.  Lunchtime sessions focus on preparation for LAMDA performance examinations, which take place 2 or 3 times a year.  Students work together on developing their performances, with guidance from drama teachers.  Performers can choose to perform monologues, duologues or devised theatre – or all three!  You must be willing commit to regular weekly attendance to one of the sessions.  There is a charge for the exam fee.

  • Time: Tuesday 1.10pm/ Wednesday 1.40pm
  • Location: Deayton Theatre/ Humphreys Theatre
  • Contact: Mrs Yankova
  • Email: yankova@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Jump Productions

A new production group aimed at providing challenging performance opportunities to our 1st and 2nd year performers.    The group will focus on developing performance skills and understanding the process of developing performance.    A performance date will be set for the spring term. 

 

Festival Theatre – new writing

The Festival Theatre group focuses on developing original writing for performance within drama festivals.   We explore script writing skills, form and structure and bringing a text from the page to the stage.   This is an opportunity for anyone interested in writing for theatre to explore new ideas and work on these practically with actors. 

Time: Wednesday 1.40pm

Location: Deayton Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louise.fahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Caterham Junior Rep (years 1 & 2) and Caterham Young Rep (years 3 & 4) 

The Junior and Young Repertory Theatre Companies aim to promote excellence in performance and provide opportunities for the school’s most talented performers to extend their skills through participation in showcase performances or competition drama.  Anyone wishing to join this group must audition, show commitment to the group and be willing to represent the school as required.   Last year these groups represented the school at many school events and performed superbly at The Leatherhead Festival. 

Time: Monday 4—5.30pm

Location: Deayton Theatre/ Humphreys Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louise.fahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Caterham Repertory Theatre Company

 Caterham Rep aims to promote excellence in performance and provide opportunities for the school’s most talented senior performers to challenge themselves and extend their skills through participation in competition drama.  Anyone wishing to join this group must have a proven track record in performance, audition, show commitment to the group and be willing to represent the school as required.   Performers from Caterham Rep are planning their first performance at the Edinburgh Fringe summer 2017!

Time: Thursday 1.10pm

Location: Deayton Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louise.fahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Junior Tech Club

The Junior Tech Club is open to years 1 – 4.  It offers an opportunity to learn about lighting, sound and stage management.  You will gain hands on experience of lighting and sound and will have the opportunity to extend your skills through technical support for school plays and events. 

Time: Wednesday 1.05pm

Location: Deayton Theatre

Contact: Mr Richards

Email: tom.richards@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Technical Theatre Club

Tech Club gives our more experienced ‘techies’ a chance to apply their skills directly to productions.  They will have the opportunity to explore design, rig equipment and lead a production team in major school productions.  The Technical Theatre Team have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals throughout the year, to update their knowledge and skills. 

Time: Wednesday 3.45—5.15pm

Location: Humphreys Theatre

Contact: Mr Richards

Email: tom.richards@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Key Annual Drama Events

Autumn Term Senior School Production

Open to Years 3 to  Upper Sixth form – via audition process. 

This is a large scale drama event, involving approx. 100 students as performers, stage managers, technicians, musicians and front of house staff.   The production rotates between a play and a musical each year, so everyone gets a chance to be involved!  Past productions include; Les Miserables, Our Town and We Will Rock You.  This year we will be performing the high energy musical Grease!  The performance always takes place in December of the Autumn Term. 

Rehearsal times: Tuesdays and Fridays 4pm – 5.30pm
Sunday 1 – 5pm, extending to 10 – 5pm nearing the performance

Location: Humphreys Theatre/ Deayton Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

3rd Year Drama – Fright Night 

At the end of October Caterham Drama and the Library join forces to create a night of mystery and suspense!! We take a dark walk through the woods to meet actors from local theatres who will entertain you with ghostly tales and haunting performances……. We end with snacks and hot around the bonfire and a final chilling ghost story!

Date: Thursday 20 October

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

World Drama Production 

To celebrate the breadth of cultures within our school, we have an informal and fun World Drama production.  Performers create their own drama, either completely original or based on cultural stories.  The only rule is that each performance must include a minimum of 2 languages – in the past some have managed 10!  

 

Date: Spring Term

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Lower School Production – Spring Term 

This is a large scale drama event and involving 3rd and 4th year students.  We choose plays that allow you to use your imagination and develop your performance skills further.  Past productions include; Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, Arabian Nights and students devised work.  This year’s production will be Willy Russell’s famous play Our Day Out.

Rehearsals: Wednesday 4 – 5.30pm with Sunday rehearsals closer to the performance date.   

Contact: Mrs Yankova

Email: alexandrayankova@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Charity Talent Show 

Open to all years via audition process.  

This event is run entirely by the U6 Charity Committee and includes an impressive line-up of talented performers, including magicians, singers, dancers, jugglers, actors and comedians.   

Date: Spring term

 

The Leatherhead Theatre Festival

The Leatherhead Festival is a long standing theatre festival which runs for 2 weeks in May every year supported by Michael Caine.  Caterham was one of 12 junior groups competing this year, resulting in 4 commendations.    The event gives students the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre and to stretch themselves through performing more challenging texts. 

Date: May 2017

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

The ‘Spanish’ Play 

The Spanish and Drama departments work together on the performance of an original translation of a Spanish Play – translated by our students! The production is open to all year groups and you don’t have to study Spanish or drama to get involved – you just need to enjoy theatre!  This is an exciting opportunity to explore performance style and to contribute to the workshop process of staging a newly translated text.

Date: June 2017

Rehearsals:  Thursday 4 – 5.30pm from March to June

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 


Elizabethan Theatre Festival

The Festival includes music and roaming actors performing monologues whilst the audience enjoy picnics in the sunshine!   We then perform shortened versions of Elizabethan plays in the beautiful evening sunshine!  Last year actors from 1st to 4th year performed Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing.  We were also treated to a modern take on Shakespeare with an extract from Rob John’s Living with Lady Macbeth. 

Date: June 2017

Location: The Orchard Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

Greek Theatre Weekend and Performance 

Caterham classics students produce a new translation of a Greek play every year!   This is then handed to the drama department to workshop and stage.  The entire rehearsal process takes place on Saturday and Sunday of the last weekend of the summer term with a public performance on the Sunday evening.   This is open to all students.  Previous productions include Trojan Women, Medea and The Bacchae. 

Date: July 2017

Location: The Orchard Theatre

Contact: Mrs Fahey

Email: louisefahey@caterhamschool.co.uk

 

House Drama

In the spring term there is an inter-house drama competition.  Each house prepares a 6 minute performance on a given theme or in response to a stimulus.  The pieces are directed by 6th form students and performed in front of an audience with invited judges.  Houses are awarded points for creativity, performance and team work.  Students are encouraged to support their houses from the audience.  

 

House Improv’

The House Improv’ competition takes place in Inspiring Drama week.  The event is open to all year groups.  Each house must enter a minimum of 1 team, including students from at least 2 year groups.  The teams are taken through 3 rounds of improvisation activities – the only skill you need is imagination!  

 

Inspiring Drama Week – June 2017

Inspiring Drama week gives the drama department a chance to offer a range of co-curricular activities and workshops that extend your experience of theatre.  

In 2016 activities included; physical theatre workshops from an award winning touring theatre company, a playwriting workshop, 2 productions, LAMDA and lollipops, visits from theatre practitioners, TIE performances and Technical theatre demonstrations.  This is an exciting and busy week in the drama calendar!  

 

Theatre Visits and Visiting Companies

The Drama Department organises theatre trips throughout the school year – some to support the curriculum and some for fun!  Look out for information on the Drama notice-board.  We also invite professional companies to the school to perform – in the past we have hosted a production of the West End Show – The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]  and Human Zoo’s production of The Girl Who Fell  in Love with the Moon. 

 

 

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