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.
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.
We're passionate about promoting artistic expression, camaraderie and self-confidence in a caring, enthusiastic and energetic environment.Oliver White, Director of Performing Arts
Every year group has the opportunity to perform in a co-curricular production. The Lower School perform every Summer Term, alternating between a musical and a play, and often with more than a quarter of Lower School pupils involved! From Fourth Form onwards, up to six productions occur across the 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 which they have devised and written.
Productions are complemented by drama and stage technology clubs, a termly masterclass or workshop and 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 also 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.