The Drama Department is a thriving part of Pangbourne life which is regularly showcased through its productions, and organises a number of external trips and performances.
Pangbournians are treated to three annual plays at the College – the whole school College production, a Dunbar (Forms 1 and 2) play and the newest Drama event in the calendar, a Third Form production entered as part of the National Theatre Connections competition.
The Dunbar production traditionally kickstarts the Drama calendar in December and recent shows have included Alan Ayckbourn’s Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations and an energetic version of Bugsy Malone.
The next production to bring Drake Hall to life is the annual College production performed by students from all year groups in February, with performances of the likes of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Little Shop of Horrors and The Wiz living long in the memory.
Entry into the National Theatre Connections competition – the UK’s largest youth theatre festival – first became part of the Pangbourne calendar in 2014 with Sixth Formers performing Luke Norris’ comedy Hearts and has since become a vehicle in which Form 3 students come together to perform as a year group.
The Department also arranges for students to take their Trinity Drama exams in a range of different Grades to further their progression in the subject.
Each year, students in all year groups go on trips to theatres to see a variety of productions and this serves as a useful tool in developing pupils’ interest and passion for Drama.
Ms Rebecca Atack
Head of Drama