THEATRE AT ROEDEAN
Theatre at Roedean is a strong feature of School life and, following the subject in classes, all girls are expected to become involved, whether as performers, production support, or audience members.
- We have a top-class facility in the Roedean Theatre, which is supported by a Theatre Manager and a full-time technician.
- Girls are trained in the operation and use of equipment and all performances are stage-managed by students.
All girls in Years 7-9 take a three-year coordinated course which is designed to embed key skills in the area; pupils cover Improvisation, Shakespeare & Voice, Greek Theatre, Staging 20th Century Text, Theatre In Education, and Ensemble, as well as other techniques. At GCSE and at A Level, the subject is popular and successful.
Beyond the timetable, Theatre has an indelible presence at Roedean. There are three major productions each year:
- The Winter Production in December is for girls in Years 8-13
- The Drama Scholars’ Production takes place in February
- The Summer Production in June is for those in Years 7-9.
Entry to all these companies is by audition and competition is fierce.
In addition, there are House Plays, run by girls, in early autumn, as well as a vast number of examination performances, the latter usually running through the Easter Term.
The School is also involved in writing schemes at a national level and is engaged with The National Student Drama Festival; girls are also current members of The National Youth Theatre.
Performing Arts a particular strength; “Was Chekhov before,” thought distinctly envious Sixth Form tour guides, watching infectiously top-tapping rehearsal for Open Day, featuring selection from Hairspray.
Good Schools’ Guide 2014