"Drama is like life with the dull bits cut out" — Alfred Hitchcock

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The philosophy of the Drama Department is inclusivity. Every pupil at Wellington should have the opportunity to participate in any type of drama performance that interests them, whether as an actor, dancer, director, writer or technician. Access to the arts is at the heart of what we do, encouraging every Wellingtonian to have a lifelong love of drama and performance.

The Performing Arts are at the heart of everything we do. Over a third of the students at Wellington participate in drama as either a curricular or co-curricular activity. The Drama and Dance Departments at Wellington College work together, creating an exciting programme of events for our pupils, feeder schools and local community. We aim to put on one major production every half term, including musicals, straight drama, dance shows, pantomime, talent shows and work directed and devised by the pupils themselves. All these events are open to the public and ticketed through our online box office via the Forthcoming Events page.

The musical is a much-anticipated event of the school year offering an exhilarating piece of theatre for a wide variety of abilities. With past productions receiving sell-out audiences, we now invariably put on two musicals a year. We also present an upper school production, a lower school play as well as plays directed by Drama Scholars and productions linked to the curriculum. The annual House Drama competition showcases devised work set around a stimulus, and the final never fails to be thought provoking and innovative. In a similar vein, Directors’ Shorts present a wealth of creativity in the form of short plays directed by pupils from all year groups.

As an art form drama can help build confident rounded adults imbued with emotional intelligence and the skills to collaborate and articulate creative vision.

LAMDA School (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)

LAMDA is an important area of the Drama Department and Wellington’s thriving LAMDA school offers students the chance to take practical lessons in communication and performance. Our aim is to inspire and empower students to develop self-confidence, initiative and the communication skills they need to realise their potential. The specialist LAMDA team offer lessons in acting, musical theatre and public speaking. Our students range from those seeking a career in performance, to others simply wanting to speak out more in class. Most students with us study for LAMDA accredited examinations with the opportunity to achieve Grade 8 by the time they leave College. Lessons are fun, active and give everyone their moment to shine!