Drama at St John’s is of the highest standard, and it achieves this through embracing the joyous fun of engaging in the rehearsal room, alongside the excitement of waiting in the wings, developing true commitment and dedication from pupils and staff alike.
We strive to promote artistic expression, camaraderie, and self-confidence delivered in a caring, enthusiastic, and energetic environment.
Performances take place in our Performing Arts Centre, complete with its own technical team, or at the professional Leatherhead Theatre. The Drama Department cover all genres - from Shakespeare to farce, to Kafka and the most contemporary musical theatre. Regular St John’s drama productions play to packed houses and always create a joyous buzz across the School community. Performances always generate excitement for the cast and crew and create some very special memories for our pupils.
Every year group has the opportunity to perform in a co-curricular production. The Lower School always perform every Summer Term, alternating between a musical and a play, and often with over 25% of the Lower School involved! From Fourth Form onwards, up to six productions occur across the School year, and opportunities for pupils to take part in the lighting box or as part of stage management are encouraged. A bi-annual highlight for members of our Sixth Form is their trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they premiere an original production devised and written by the pupils.
Productions are complimented by drama and stage technology clubs, a termly masterclass or workshop, our annual House Film Competition. Drama is in the curriculum until the Fourth Form and is an option at GCSE and A Level. Pupils are able to take LAMDA lessons and examinations at school.
Scholarships are offered at 11+, 13+ and 16+, either as a full scholarship or as part of an All-Rounder.
‘The experiences and friendships that I have made through drama at St Johns will always be with me. The St Johns Drama Department is one of the most welcoming, enjoyable and talented groups I have ever had the pleasure of working with.’ - Jack
‘The performing arts at St John’s is not just about the range of performances such as musicals or competitions, but the community and teamwork behind all the acts. The atmosphere within the shows and rehearsals proves to be a real highlight for the pupils involved in it, and certainly creates memorable experiences.’ - Jimena