Drama is a popular aspect of life at St John's and the programme is interesting and enjoyable for performers, crew and audiences alike. We stage a variety of theatrical performances throughout the year and as pupils move up through the School, they experience new ways of honing their dramatic skills. The talent of everyone involved is always impressive to see and, in recent years, our talented pupils have won the Leatherhead Drama Festival and have twice secured the Best Junior Actor accolade.
The senior school play is always a highlight of the calendar and the latest productions have included an impassioned and impressive reinterpretation of Oedipus by Sophocles and a memorable production of Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, which explores the life of British prisoners and guards in Australia who are putting on a play for the rest of the prison camp. Not to be outdone, the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth take to the stage each year and have recently brought Narnia to St John's with an atmospheric production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Taking their first steps on stage at St John’s, Lower School put on a fantastic performance of Alice@Wonderland, an imaginative update of Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic, which saw Alice enter a virtual world and embark on a quest to complete a series of challenges.
From the talent of lead actors to the vital skills of the backstage crew and technical team, pupils enjoy the team work, camaraderie and commitment required to stage a successful production.