The Drama department at Repton is housed within the magnificent 400 Hall complex. The building, which received a complete renovation and refurbishment in 2011, now boasts a spectacular 315 seat auditorium; complete with flexible stall seating and an adjustable proscenium opening which gives the students the learning opportunity to work with a diverse variety of theatre formats. The complex also contains a modern and adaptable 'black box' studio theatre for smaller productions and a break out performance space in the iconic glass foyer.
Pupils are fortunate to have this modern, adaptable space in which they can experiment with the practical work which underpins the courses. There is no doubt that these performance spaces contribute greatly to the high practical marks Repton’s pupils gain at GCSE and A Level.
Both GCSE Drama and A Level Drama and Theatre are now firmly established in the curriculum. As an academic discipline, Drama is a fantastic option as it blends written, practical and theoretical work to create a subject which is dynamic, thought provoking and never dull! All B Blockers (Year 9s) follow an introductory course in Drama as part of the English course and experience working in the theatre as part of the B Block circus programme. Most of the Drama teaching at Repton takes place in the Studio Theatre, with some written work taking place in the two Drama classroom, situated above the newly renovated Junior Common Room.
Pupils keen on the study of Drama will spend a great deal of their time in Repton’s theatres, gaining added experience for their studies, acting or working behind the scenes for some of the many and varied productions that take place during the year. With expert and dedicated staff support, they have the opportunity to learn about all elements of theatre production: acting, directing, stage management, set and costume design, props, lighting and sound. In addition, pupils are supported in their studies by regular visits to the theatre, backstage tours, and the provision of workshops.
A number of our pupils go on to the highly competitive world of Drama School or to read Drama at university. Many have gone on to make Drama their career and Reptonians abound in the worlds of film, stage and television.