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Drama and Dance

At Surbiton High School, the Drama department strive to unlock and nourish students’ potential in the Performing Arts by providing them with a wide and stimulating curriculum, which is complemented by our diverse Co-curricular programme.

Our department’s philosophy states that Drama teaching should nurture the development of each student, whilst ensuring pupils acquire the skills and knowledge base of drama, theatre and cross-curricular topics explored (both practically and theoretically) through the medium of Drama. This nurturing comes from encouraging, challenging, stimulating, positive teaching strategies, which provide the safety and opportunity for the development, the learning, the understanding and the growth of each individual. When students reach GCSE and A-level, this develops further to enabling them to develop as practitioners in their own right, through stimulating them with exciting material and training them with the necessary skills and theory to achieve in their examinations.

Click on a tab below to reveal more information about Drama at Surbiton High School.

Year 7 Production

The Year 7 is always enormously popular amongst our budding young actors. Auditions take place in December for this exciting opportunity. Rehearsals take place after School, so you must be prepared to commit to the rehearsal schedule when it is published.

The performance is always very well attended by parents, friends and students from our feeder primary schools. Recent productions include 'Revolting Roald's Splendiferous Stories', which was performed in a marquee in the Quad, and 'Grimm Tales', which was performed in a big-top circus tent in a clearing within Hinchley Wood.This production promises to be the ‘feel good’ event of the year!

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9) and the Upper Hall
Who Year 7
Terms Spring and Summer
Director Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Dates Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May 2017

Years 8 and 9 Production

The Year 8 and 9 Production provides our young actors with an opportunity to showcase their skills and work with our professional theatre director, Miss Pryce. The production, 'Goodnight Mr Tom', seeks to revive the nostalgic charm of Michelle Magorian's classic children's story: the cast shall wind back the clock and transport the audience to the misty uncertainties that lay ahead of World War Two.

Using David Wood's recent stage adaptation, the cast will be challenged with developing their naturalistic acting skills alongside using stylised techniques to shift between various locations and settings. The production seeks to leave adults snivelling and children breathlessly attentive.

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 8 and 9
Term Autumn
Director Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Venue SAR Main Hall
Performance Date Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2016

School Musical

The School musical is cast in the Summer Term, so auditions for this year’s performance of 'Annie' are now closed. However, there are still lots of ways to get involved. Look out for the programme design competition, set and costume design clubs, as well as opportunities for those interested in stage management, marketing and even journalism.

The performances take place in The Rose Theatre, Kingston, so this is an excellent opportunity to get some experience of working in a professional theatre. Even if you're not involved, please come along to one of the four entertaining performances in November for one of Surbiton High School's biggest events in the School calendar! Past productions include 'Grease' in 2015, 'Oliver!' in 2014, 'Beauty and the Beast' in 2013, 'We Will Rock You' in 2012 and 'Bugsy Malone' in 2011.

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9) and the Upper Hall
Who Years 3 - 5 and Years 8 - 13
When Monday, Thursday and Friday
Term Autumn
Performance Venue Rose Theatre, Kingston
Performance Dates Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November 2015 at 7.30pm and a matinee performance on Saturday 26 November 2016 at 2.30pm

Props and Sets for Annie

A club for students who want to help with the production side of Annie. Students must be committed to all sessions.

Where Art Studio
When Monday 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Who Year 7 to 13
Staff Mrs Kate Ross and Mrs Hayley Bowden
Places Unlimited

GCSE Dance Showcase

This event will showcase the work that GCSE Dance pupils have been developing throughout the course, before submitting the work for formal assessment. Performances of the set dances, choreographed by professional choreographers, will be featured alongside students' own choreographies. There will be solo and group performances in a variety of dynamic dance styles. The evening promises to be diverse and entertaining, featuring our most advanced dancers and providing an insight into this expressive art form. This event will be of particular interest to any budding young dancers considering GCSE Dance or current Drama students who want to explore movement in a different context.

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 10 to 11
Term Spring
Performance Dates Wednesday 1 March 2017

GCSE Drama Showcase

Year 11 GCSE Drama students will preview their scripted performances, before presenting them for formal examination to an external examiner. This event will be of particular interest to Year 10 Drama students and younger students who are considering studying Drama at GCSE level. There will be a rich and varied programme of excerpts from published play texts that will be performed to a very high standard. The evening promises to be diverse and entertaining.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Year 11
Term Spring
Performance Date Thursday 23 February 2017

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies Showcase

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies students will preview performances of their practical work, before presenting them for formal examination to an external moderator. This event will be of particular interest to GCSE Drama students who are thinking of continuing their study of Drama into Sixth Form. The programme includes both devised and scripted performance, and is a rare opportunity to see examination work of the highest calibre, featuring our most experienced performers.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 12 - 13
Term Spring
Staff Drama Department
Performance Date Thursday 9 February 2017

Drama Scholars' Club

This year, scholars will be undertaking a new project: 'Theatre, Exposed.' As we stride into the modern world of new technologies and digital media, theatre should embrace the opportunities this offers to develop new creative practises. What is usually hidden backstage, away from prying audience eyes will be uncovered, revealing the hidden creativity that enables theatrical performance. Weekly workshops will explore how actors can interact with various forms of multimedia in live performances and how virtual reality can cultivate theatrical reality.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Drama scholars in Years 7 to 13
When Monday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence

Drama Club

Once upon a time... that's how a story starts. But what happens next demands your creative imagination. Through this series of storytelling workshops, we seek to develop skills in narration, characterisation, movement, sound and puppetry in order to reinvent classic stories and bring our new ideas to life.

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 7 - 9 
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence

Senior Drama Company

This year, an ensemble of pupils will form their very own company under the guidance of our Director in Residence, Miss Pryce. Through learning about the different roles and responsibilities within a professional producing theatre, students will be given the opportunity to work as a director, producer, stage manager, sound designer, lighting designer or actor on the Senior Drama Company play - a contemporary script that shall be chosen by the collaborative group.

Workshops will equip students with skills in their particular area of interest and the rehearsal room promises to offer challenges and space for creativity.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 10 - 13
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Dates Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017

Musical Theatre Club

Come along to Musical Theatre Club to develop your performing skills in singing, dancing and acting. You will work as an ensemble to learn how to perform solo and group songs from all of your favourite musicals and prepare for a showcase event to an audience. This the perfect club for anyone looking to develop their skills in Musical Theatre whilst having fun and building confidence!

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 7 - 13
Places 15 students per term
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Mrs Daisy Jones

Primary School Drama

A drama group which devises plays (and performs) for primary school audiences.

When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 7 - 9
Staff Mr David Conway
Places 20

Kinesis Dance Company

If you have a keen interest in dance and the professional world of performance and choreography, then Kinesis Dance Company is for you. Each week dancers will work on their technique, choreography and performance skills to create professional dance pieces. The company members will also have the opportunity to tour their dance works at performance platforms and competitions both in and outside of school.  

Kinesis Dance Company is an excellent opportunity for year 9 students considering taking GCSE Dance to test out elements of the subject and to start or improve their dance training. For year 10 pupils already taking GCSE Dance, Kinesis Dance Company is a perfect complimentary club for your studies. 

Previous experience in dance and an interest in taking GCSE Dance is preferable for Year 9 students, but not essential. Participation is encouraged for Year 10 GCSE Dance students.

When Friday 12.50pm - 1.25pm
Who Years 9 and 10
Where Upper Hall
Staff Miss Jilly Hurden

Theatre Today!

A new, innovative drama club that focuses primarily on contemporary, post-modern theatre.

Over the course of the year, we will explore contemporary theatre practitioners such as Punchdrunk and playwrights such as Simon Stephens, Sarah Kane, Jez Butterworth and Mark Ravenhill. For the first term, we will explore immersive theatre, in which the audience is at the centre of the action, through a series of workshops. For the rest of the year, we will explore British playwriting post 1990s with focus on “In-Yer-Face” theatre and plays.

The club would be very beneficial to GCSE and A-level students to help enrich their exam classes and provide an experience of modern theatre.

When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 10 to 13
Where Drama Studio (G9)
Staff Miss Katarina Birakos

Velocity Dance Academy

Do you love dance? Do you love to choreograph? Do you love to perform? 

Why not join Velocity Dance Academy for the chance to improve your dance technique, choreography and performance skills. As a member of Velocity Dance Academy you will learn new dance techniques and styles, as well as choreograph your own work. You will also perform dance pieces at platforms both in and out of school. It is a great opportunity meet new friends and build your confidence in a fun, friendly and creative atmosphere. No previous experience or knowledge in dance required.

When Tuesday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 7 and 8
Where Upper Hall
Staff Miss Jilly Hurden

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HOME | SENIOR SCHOOL | THE ARTS | Drama and Dance

Drama and Dance

At Surbiton High School, the Drama department strive to unlock and nourish students’ potential in the Performing Arts by providing them with a wide and stimulating curriculum, which is complemented by our diverse Co-curricular programme.

Our department’s philosophy states that Drama teaching should nurture the development of each student, whilst ensuring pupils acquire the skills and knowledge base of drama, theatre and cross-curricular topics explored (both practically and theoretically) through the medium of Drama. This nurturing comes from encouraging, challenging, stimulating, positive teaching strategies, which provide the safety and opportunity for the development, the learning, the understanding and the growth of each individual. When students reach GCSE and A-level, this develops further to enabling them to develop as practitioners in their own right, through stimulating them with exciting material and training them with the necessary skills and theory to achieve in their examinations.

Click on a tab below to reveal more information about Drama at Surbiton High School.

Year 7 Production

The Year 7 is always enormously popular amongst our budding young actors. Auditions take place in December for this exciting opportunity. Rehearsals take place after School, so you must be prepared to commit to the rehearsal schedule when it is published.

The performance is always very well attended by parents, friends and students from our feeder primary schools. Recent productions include 'Revolting Roald's Splendiferous Stories', which was performed in a marquee in the Quad, and 'Grimm Tales', which was performed in a big-top circus tent in a clearing within Hinchley Wood.This production promises to be the ‘feel good’ event of the year!

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9) and the Upper Hall
Who Year 7
Terms Spring and Summer
Director Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Dates Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May 2017

Years 8 and 9 Production

The Year 8 and 9 Production provides our young actors with an opportunity to showcase their skills and work with our professional theatre director, Miss Pryce. The production, 'Goodnight Mr Tom', seeks to revive the nostalgic charm of Michelle Magorian's classic children's story: the cast shall wind back the clock and transport the audience to the misty uncertainties that lay ahead of World War Two.

Using David Wood's recent stage adaptation, the cast will be challenged with developing their naturalistic acting skills alongside using stylised techniques to shift between various locations and settings. The production seeks to leave adults snivelling and children breathlessly attentive.

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 8 and 9
Term Autumn
Director Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Venue SAR Main Hall
Performance Date Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2016

School Musical

The School musical is cast in the Summer Term, so auditions for this year’s performance of 'Annie' are now closed. However, there are still lots of ways to get involved. Look out for the programme design competition, set and costume design clubs, as well as opportunities for those interested in stage management, marketing and even journalism.

The performances take place in The Rose Theatre, Kingston, so this is an excellent opportunity to get some experience of working in a professional theatre. Even if you're not involved, please come along to one of the four entertaining performances in November for one of Surbiton High School's biggest events in the School calendar! Past productions include 'Grease' in 2015, 'Oliver!' in 2014, 'Beauty and the Beast' in 2013, 'We Will Rock You' in 2012 and 'Bugsy Malone' in 2011.

Where Rehearsals will take place in the Drama Studio (G9) and the Upper Hall
Who Years 3 - 5 and Years 8 - 13
When Monday, Thursday and Friday
Term Autumn
Performance Venue Rose Theatre, Kingston
Performance Dates Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November 2015 at 7.30pm and a matinee performance on Saturday 26 November 2016 at 2.30pm

Props and Sets for Annie

A club for students who want to help with the production side of Annie. Students must be committed to all sessions.

Where Art Studio
When Monday 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Who Year 7 to 13
Staff Mrs Kate Ross and Mrs Hayley Bowden
Places Unlimited

GCSE Dance Showcase

This event will showcase the work that GCSE Dance pupils have been developing throughout the course, before submitting the work for formal assessment. Performances of the set dances, choreographed by professional choreographers, will be featured alongside students' own choreographies. There will be solo and group performances in a variety of dynamic dance styles. The evening promises to be diverse and entertaining, featuring our most advanced dancers and providing an insight into this expressive art form. This event will be of particular interest to any budding young dancers considering GCSE Dance or current Drama students who want to explore movement in a different context.

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 10 to 11
Term Spring
Performance Dates Wednesday 1 March 2017

GCSE Drama Showcase

Year 11 GCSE Drama students will preview their scripted performances, before presenting them for formal examination to an external examiner. This event will be of particular interest to Year 10 Drama students and younger students who are considering studying Drama at GCSE level. There will be a rich and varied programme of excerpts from published play texts that will be performed to a very high standard. The evening promises to be diverse and entertaining.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Year 11
Term Spring
Performance Date Thursday 23 February 2017

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies Showcase

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies students will preview performances of their practical work, before presenting them for formal examination to an external moderator. This event will be of particular interest to GCSE Drama students who are thinking of continuing their study of Drama into Sixth Form. The programme includes both devised and scripted performance, and is a rare opportunity to see examination work of the highest calibre, featuring our most experienced performers.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 12 - 13
Term Spring
Staff Drama Department
Performance Date Thursday 9 February 2017

Drama Scholars' Club

This year, scholars will be undertaking a new project: 'Theatre, Exposed.' As we stride into the modern world of new technologies and digital media, theatre should embrace the opportunities this offers to develop new creative practises. What is usually hidden backstage, away from prying audience eyes will be uncovered, revealing the hidden creativity that enables theatrical performance. Weekly workshops will explore how actors can interact with various forms of multimedia in live performances and how virtual reality can cultivate theatrical reality.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Drama scholars in Years 7 to 13
When Monday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence

Drama Club

Once upon a time... that's how a story starts. But what happens next demands your creative imagination. Through this series of storytelling workshops, we seek to develop skills in narration, characterisation, movement, sound and puppetry in order to reinvent classic stories and bring our new ideas to life.

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 7 - 9 
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence

Senior Drama Company

This year, an ensemble of pupils will form their very own company under the guidance of our Director in Residence, Miss Pryce. Through learning about the different roles and responsibilities within a professional producing theatre, students will be given the opportunity to work as a director, producer, stage manager, sound designer, lighting designer or actor on the Senior Drama Company play - a contemporary script that shall be chosen by the collaborative group.

Workshops will equip students with skills in their particular area of interest and the rehearsal room promises to offer challenges and space for creativity.

Where Drama Studio (G9)
Who Years 10 - 13
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Miss Rachel Pryce, Director in Residence
Performance Dates Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017

Musical Theatre Club

Come along to Musical Theatre Club to develop your performing skills in singing, dancing and acting. You will work as an ensemble to learn how to perform solo and group songs from all of your favourite musicals and prepare for a showcase event to an audience. This the perfect club for anyone looking to develop their skills in Musical Theatre whilst having fun and building confidence!

Where Upper Hall
Who Years 7 - 13
Places 15 students per term
When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Staff Mrs Daisy Jones

Primary School Drama

A drama group which devises plays (and performs) for primary school audiences.

When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 7 - 9
Staff Mr David Conway
Places 20

Kinesis Dance Company

If you have a keen interest in dance and the professional world of performance and choreography, then Kinesis Dance Company is for you. Each week dancers will work on their technique, choreography and performance skills to create professional dance pieces. The company members will also have the opportunity to tour their dance works at performance platforms and competitions both in and outside of school.  

Kinesis Dance Company is an excellent opportunity for year 9 students considering taking GCSE Dance to test out elements of the subject and to start or improve their dance training. For year 10 pupils already taking GCSE Dance, Kinesis Dance Company is a perfect complimentary club for your studies. 

Previous experience in dance and an interest in taking GCSE Dance is preferable for Year 9 students, but not essential. Participation is encouraged for Year 10 GCSE Dance students.

When Friday 12.50pm - 1.25pm
Who Years 9 and 10
Where Upper Hall
Staff Miss Jilly Hurden

Theatre Today!

A new, innovative drama club that focuses primarily on contemporary, post-modern theatre.

Over the course of the year, we will explore contemporary theatre practitioners such as Punchdrunk and playwrights such as Simon Stephens, Sarah Kane, Jez Butterworth and Mark Ravenhill. For the first term, we will explore immersive theatre, in which the audience is at the centre of the action, through a series of workshops. For the rest of the year, we will explore British playwriting post 1990s with focus on “In-Yer-Face” theatre and plays.

The club would be very beneficial to GCSE and A-level students to help enrich their exam classes and provide an experience of modern theatre.

When Thursday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 10 to 13
Where Drama Studio (G9)
Staff Miss Katarina Birakos

Velocity Dance Academy

Do you love dance? Do you love to choreograph? Do you love to perform? 

Why not join Velocity Dance Academy for the chance to improve your dance technique, choreography and performance skills. As a member of Velocity Dance Academy you will learn new dance techniques and styles, as well as choreograph your own work. You will also perform dance pieces at platforms both in and out of school. It is a great opportunity meet new friends and build your confidence in a fun, friendly and creative atmosphere. No previous experience or knowledge in dance required.

When Tuesday 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Who Years 7 and 8
Where Upper Hall
Staff Miss Jilly Hurden

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