Drama at Ipswich School
Drama is very popular and is invaluable in developing confidence and the ability to speak in public. A variety of productions offers opportunities for all age groups to take part in plays and musicals. Pupils can also get involved in sound, lighting, set construction, makeup, costumes and directing.
Few things are remembered as much - by both performers in later life and by parents - as a school production. Most people can probably recall some of the lines they learnt decades after leaving school. Taking part in a play and working closely with others on the stage is a wonderfully uplifting and energising experience, and we try to offer as many opportunities for taking part as we can.
Our Lower School productions have included Arabian Nights and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Parts are found for all who audition and main roles are often split to give as many as possible the chance to experience their spot in the limelight.
Recent Middle School productions have been as varied as the comedy, WhoDunit and to Whom? and the highly-acclaimed Lorca’s Blood Wedding. We try to present a variety of theatrical pieces each year, including whole school shows; A Christmas Carol, and large scale musicals; Guys and Dolls.
In the Sixth Form, students produce and direct their own shows. These are always of a high standard and many performers have gone on to have successful careers in the industry. Past productions include Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Seussical the Musical.
There is always opportunity to get involved on the ‘other side of the curtain’. Both the Lower and Middle School shows have assistant directors, many of whom are studying GCSE Drama. Great attention is paid to the set and costumes which are designed and made in the department. Over the years we have amassed quite a collection. We have a newly upgraded lighting and sound system which is operated by a specialist technical team, made up of students and staff.
Alongside these shows we run regular clubs and workshops which often result in presentations of 'work in progress' to smaller audiences.
The most recent production was We Will Rock You, the schools' version of the hit musical. Over 60 pupils took part in this fabulous performance, full of Queen songs and comedy.
Other productions include: The Thirty Nine Steps, Beauty and the Beast, Medea and The Long Road.
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