From the Nativity plays in Reception, drama starts at a young age – Christmas sees several productions in Pre-Prep, and parents are regularly amazed at the standard of performance. From Year 2, pupils are able to take Speech & Drama lessons – even our youngest children enjoy the challenge of preparing for an exam and taking part, often achieving excellent results in the different disciplines as they progress.

We take an inclusive approach to Drama with all pupils having the opportunity to take part in a play or musical every year. All are encouraged to have speaking roles, and pupils are often inspired to develop an interest in both lighting and staging of performances and to contribute to the writing of some scripts. We are lucky to have a fully equipped theatre within school, with extensive lighting and an amazing costume department, containing everything from flamenco outfits to pantomime cows! When the weather allows, we take Drama outside to the stunning grounds of the school. Recent productions in the Ravenscroft Theatre include Honk, Macbeth for the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Quest, and our annual 6th Form Revue.

Aims of the department

  • To put on high quality dramatic performances by year groups and wider cross year selective groups
  • For Drama at BG to be inclusive and creative, and encourage our pupils to shine, either on stage or working behind the scenes
  • Drama can enhance wider learning, often incorporating literacy, history or PSHE topics

Department Staff

Mark Penrose, BMus, BMusSt (Hons), BEd (Sec)(GE) Director of Performing Arts

Tanya Morshead and Joanne Finch, Performing Arts Administrators