Drama is a particular strength of the school and we are extremely proud of the standard of performance skills demonstrate by our children. Alongside the sheer enjoyment they experience, Drama gives every child the opportunity to develop a whole range of personal skills ranging from confidence to self-awareness and self-appreciation. Social and emotional development, communication and creative development are all encouraged. The drama curriculum reflects the diversity of Hatherop Castle and the community at large with sensitive inclusion of diverse dramatic forms from a range of cultures.
Throughout the year, the Head of Drama and the Director of Music work together to produce productions of an extraordinarily high quality. The Early Years perform at Christmas and Prep 1 and 2 also produce a Christmas play. In the Lent term Prep 3, 4 and 5 present the Middle School Production and in the Summer the Pre-Prep put on a summer show. The academic year ends with the Upper School presenting the Summer Production. Previous productions include The Hot Mikado, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The King and I, Cats and the musical version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. As part of our community involvement, local pensioners come to a special matinee performance of The Summer Production each year, a tradition thoroughly enjoyed by performers and audience alike.
A number of past pupils have been inspired to pursue drama to very high levels at their senior schools and some have even made careers in the theatre following the encouragement and the start they have been given with us.