My St John's

Drama

St John's stages a variety of theatrical performances throughout the year. In the Autumn Term, the School alternates year on year between a straight senior-school play and a whole-school musical. In the summer, it is the chance for the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth to take centre stage with the junior-school play. The School also won the Leatherhead Drama Festival in May last year and has won Best Junior Actor twice in recent years.

Senior-School Play/Whole-School Musical

The senior-school play is open to anyone in the Upper Fifth and above. This is a large-cast straight drama performed in the School’s Performing Arts Centre. Scripts chosen are exciting and imaginative and recent productions have included Dürrenmatt’s The Visit, Wycherley’s restoration comedy The Country Wife and Woody Allen’s off-Broadway comedies God and Death. In 2010 the tradition of hiring the Leatherhead Theatre every two years to stage a musical was instigated with the phenomenally successful Guys and Dolls and we followed this up with the equally acclaimed Little Shop of Horrors in 2012. The cast and crew for these musicals are drawn from all year groups, giving them the unique opportunity to work in a professional theatre.

The Junior-School Play

At the end of the Summer Term members of the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth get their exclusive chance to perform. Parents in recent years have been treated to The Canterbury Tales told in promenade form around the Quad, a modern rewrite of the Elizabethan classic comedy Volpone, staged in the Headmaster’s garden and an innovative production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set on a building site in a forest of scaffolding poles with the fairies portrayed as Goths.

We also offer two further drama activities: Junior School Drama Club where students enjoy creating and improvising pieces and a Technical Theatre Club where students learn about the technological support that goes into making a show.