"Such stuff as dreams are made on"

...and our imaginations can take us anywhere!

The challenge in drama is to find a way to communicate our thoughts, understanding, ideas, knowledge, issues, concerns, visions…and dreams…to an audience. Theatre needs an audience to watch, listen and respond to what they see, hear, think and feel. It’s a two-way ‘conversation’ that is different every time a performance takes place. When you study drama at St Swithun’s, you’ll find yourself working within this exciting, creative medium and acquiring positive personal, social and technical skills that will be with you for life.


Drama at St Swithun’s is taught by experienced specialists and is part of the curriculum for girls in years 7 to year 9 before it becomes an option at GCSE and A level. Many girls also choose to have speech and drama lessons to further develop their communication and performance skills. 

The department is based in purpose-built facilities and all activities including lessons take full advantage of the auditorium, studio theatre and the small performing space in Harvey Hall, the school’s performing arts centre.

Extra activities typically on offer for girls include: junior drama club for year 7 and year 8, a year 7 play, a large scale school production, collaboration with Winchester College productions, theatre trips, show cases, an Oscars night and specialist workshops. We take part in the
Shakespeare Schools’ Festival and the National Theatre Connections Festival. Performances for A level and GCSE examination performance work are also open for family and friends.

Although being in the spotlight has undoubted appeal, many girls enjoy working backstage whether in lighting, applying makeup, making and organising props, or even directing or producing a play. A few enjoy play-writing too. And when the applause has stopped, each girl will have improved her ability to be creative, interpret, work with others and communicate
- skills vital for life off stage as well as on.

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