Drama

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.

Major productions

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.

Students in a drama lesson rehearsing
Students onstage for a GCSE drama piece
Performers in the 'Oliver' play onstage
Students posing for a cast photo
Two students onstage during Roedean House Plays
Students performing onstage with gold lighting

What They Say…

Pupils participate in excellent extra-curricular activities with notable success in mathematical and science Olympiads, computer coding, drama, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

– ISI Inspection 2016