Repton has an enviable dramatic history and a distinguished tradition of nurturing both the amateur actor and the aspiring professional - Tom Chambers, Nicholas Burns and George Rainsford being the latest Reptonians to follow in the tradition of Basil Rathbone.
The Drama department is based in the magnificent 400 Hall complex which underwent major refurbishment in 2011. This award winning building was redesigned by Bryan Avery Associates, the architects responsible for the recent redevelopment of the Vanburgh Theatre at RADA, and comprises an Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Foyer and a number of dressing room spaces.
The Auditorium contains high-quality raked seating with a capacity of 315. The stalls level is height-adjustable and further flexibility has been achieved by installing an adjustable stage both of which allow for different configurations. A tension wire grid has been used in the roof space, providing infinite flexibility for lighting in addition to offering a safer option than tower scaffolding. Permanent sound and lighting booths have been installed at the back of the first floor with a new high-spec. sound system. The Studio Theatre is a state of the art “black box”. The highlight of the new Foyer is the prism which allows natural light to flood in during the day and which, at night, is lit internally to provide a focus for people arriving, and also, on occasion, a back-drop for a mini performance area.
Drama forms part of the curriculum for B Block students and in A Block, Drama GCSE is an exciting option as the syllabus offers a good balance of practical and text-based work. Drama and Theatre Studies is offered at A Level and allows students to build on the skills developed at GCSE or start from scratch.
For those not choosing to study drama for public examination, the Drama department affords many opportunities for all pupils to perform, design and direct in the many productions that take place during the school year. Students can be involved either on stage or behind the scenes and we provide a variety of styles and plenty of choice; ranging from small studio pieces to full stage shows. Extra-curricular activities include all aspects of theatre production including acting, assistant directing, stage management, sound, lighting design and operation, hair and make-up and costume design.
Recent productions include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dr Faustus; Animal Farm; Out of the Box and Great Expectations.