The Drama Department is renowned for its high level acting performances and the vigour of Theatre and Drama permeate life at St Mary's. The Autumn Production is an important annual school event and involves girls from LV-UVI. Each year sixth form students take a play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015 the group devised a masked sketch show with Trestle Theatre Company. In 2016 the group will present Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves.
The juniors enjoy activities such the Junior Play or Four on Tour at the Egg The-atre in Bath. The annual Company Drama Competition involves each company presenting a play in 48 hours. Junior Drama club is run on a weekly basis by our Actor in Residence. The girls work towards presenting informal show-case events throughout the year.
Performances throughout the school year provide showcases not only for our actresses, but for those girls learning the disciplines of directing, lighting and set design, stage management and production.
Theatre trips this year have ranged from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith to Complicite’s ground breaking production The Encounter at the Bristol Old Vic. GCSE and A Level Drama students attend the theatre regularly as part of their course. This year the girls have had workshops with visiting practitioners that range from Physical Theatre with Frantic Assembly to Improvisation skills with White Socks Theatre.
The school has developed an exciting association with RADA which involves weekend workshops. In addition, a unique course - the RADA Advanced Communication Skills Course - has been established. Click here for more information about the RADA Course.
Private tuition for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) for individuals, pairs and small groups, is an extremely popular extra-curricular activity. Approximately 100 students prepare each year for examinations in Acting and the Speaking of Verse and Prose. Click here for more information about LAMDA.