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. Pupils are not just treading the boards, they are writing scripts, 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), a ‘black box’ style studio theatre (The Deayton Theatre) and a Dance Studio, in addition to further rehearsal and production space.

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

Weekly Clubs


This fast paced and fun lunchtime club is open to all Years.  All about developing improvisation skills. Pupils generally play a drama game to start and then are given various scenarios as individuals, pairs, groups or as a whole class to perform and watch. Just turn up and get involved!


Junior (First & Second year) and Young (Third & Fourth year) Repertory Theatre Companies provide opportunities for our most dedicated performers to extend their skills through 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.  

Junior and Young Rep have the opportunity to perform at Leatherhead Drama Festival in May each year.  


Caterham Repertory Theatre Company 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.  

Members of Caterham Rep are encouraged to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August to extend their skills in a professional environment. 

Open to Fifth Year to Upper Sixth.


Puppetry is a fun club for anyone who would like to learn some new skills in this area.  If you’ve never used puppets before, give it a try! 


Tech Club offers an opportunity to learn about lighting and sound and provides opportunities for students to specialise in either lighting or sound.  Many productions and events have student led production teams, so there are many opportunities to test your skills and creativity. 

Open to all Years 


Students who are keen script writers are encouraged to join the National Theatre Scriptwriting Programme.  This is an exciting course, focusing on a range of theatre genres and styles.  All participating students will work with a professional playwright and submit their original script to the National Theatre.  


LAMDA is a nationally recognised theatre qualification.  Tuition focuses on preparation for LAMDA performance examinations, which take place at least twice a year.  Performers can choose to perform monologues, duologues, public speaking or devised theatre.  Additional information regarding LAMDA tuition can be provided by our LAMDA co-ordinator [email protected]  

Open to all Years  – taught by specialist LAMDA teachers

There is a charge for LAMDA tuition

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Annual productions

Autumn Term production

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; In the Heights, David Copperfield, Les Miserables, Our Town , We Will Rock You, Joseph and Grease.  

Open to Third Year to Upper Sixth via audition process

Rehearsals take place Tuesdays and Fridays after school and Sundays throughout the Autumn Term.  

Lower School Production – Spring Term 

This is a large scale drama event and involves 60 – 70 students.  We choose plays that allow pupils to use their imagination and develop their performance skills further.  Past productions include; Alice in Wonderland, Our Day Out, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, Our Day Out, Arabian Nights and students devised work.  Rehearsals take place on Thursdays after school, with Sunday rehearsals closer to the performance date.   

Open to First Year to Third via audition process

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! You don’t have to study Spanish or drama to get involved – you just need to enjoy theatre.  The play is performed in May/ June each year.  

Open to all Years

The Leatherhead Drama festival

The festival runs for 2 weeks in May every year.  Caterham was one of 18 junior groups competing this year and were delighted to receive 4 nominations – winning the Best New Writing Award.  Past achievements have been ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best New Writing’ and the Houghton Award for overall contribution to the festival.  The event gives students the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre alongside other local drama groups.  We are delighted that our student writers and directors are taking a leading role in this event. 

Open to all Years

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This residential trip gives experienced actors the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre environment at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe.   Previous productions have included Jonson’s The Alchemist and an original play And Then There’s Me. 

Open to Fifth Year to Upper Sixth

The Orchard Theatre Festival

This summer Festival includes music and roaming actors performing monologues whilst the audience enjoy picnics in the sunshine!   We then perform abridged versions of historical plays in the beautiful evening sunshine!

Open to all Years—performed in the Orchard Theatre

Greek Theatre Weekend and Performance 

Caterham classics students produce a new translation of a Greek play every year!   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.  

Open to all Years—performed in the Orchard Theatre

House Drama

In the spring term there is an inter-house drama competition.  Each house prepares a 5 minute performance on a given theme or in response to a stimulus.  The pieces are directed by Sixth 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 June every year.  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!  


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