The philosophy of the drama department is inclusivity. Every pupil at Wellington should have the opportunity to participate in any type of 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.
Performing Arts are at the heart of the philosophy of Wellington College. 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 well 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 can be ordered via our box office system.
The annual musical is an inclusive and exhilarating piece of theatre whereby a wide variety of abilities can enjoy the rich rewards of the drama experience, with past productions including Les Miserables and Grease. During the year we also present an upper school production, a lower school play and a Fifth Form GCSE performance, as well as a Scholars Showcase. There are also opportunities for pupil-led performances and LAMDA examinations. 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 cornucopia 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.
The drama department offers a range of courses all taught in our 360-seat performance space The Christopher Lee Theatre and we are particularly excited that our new £12 million Performing Arts Centre, complete with a 1400-seat auditorium in the round, will open in May 2018.