In both curricular and extra-curricular Drama, we offer pupils the most diverse and professional theatre experiences possible.
Our young actors perform in local professional theatres such as The Norwich Playhouse and Epic Studios, where we have produced our annual musicals (We Will Rock You, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar). More recently in our own newly purpose-built Blake Studio theatre, we have presented Private Lives and Dying for It.
Senior productions at Maddermarket Theatre include The Philadelphia Story, The Cherry Orchard and The Importance of Being Ernest and we recently produced Hamlet at Epic TV Studios, where we incorporated live mixing and live-stream camera work by Norwich School's Aspect Films. We look forward to our upcoming Senior production of the German expressionist play Judgement Day at Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Last summer, we mounted an atmospheric and magical version of The Tempest, part of our yearly Shakespeare repertoire which takes place outdoors in the Cloister of Norwich Cathedral during our end-of-year creative arts festival (Much Ado about Nothing, The Winter's Tale, A Comedy of Errors). We are fortunate to have put on full-scale productions in Norwich Cathedral (Patriotism is not Enough, Norwich School Passion Play, written by our school chaplain Reverend Corin Child). Our pupils have also performed for several years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Drama is equally diverse, fun and challenging for our junior pupils. Recent productions include The Heart of Robin Hood, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, James and the Giant Peach, George and the Dragon, and The Witches (with live puppet work).
Our extra-curricular weekly Spiral Drama continues to flourish as we explore all forms of acting and performance. It offers a safe space for new student writing and devised plays, improvisation and physical theatre.'
For those at a senior level who are interested in theatre, film and production arts, we have developed a bespoke, non-academic course 'Polymath', which explores all aspects of performance including acting, theatre design, lighting and sound, stage management and all the elements of filmmaking. Through this course we produce a high standard of film and theatre and we invite professionals from the industry for workshops and lectures. We encourage strong collaborative and creative development in all who take part.