Abbey Gate College has a strong history of excellent whole school Drama productions, often with a musical in alternate years. Recent productions include a dramatic performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and an outstanding production of ‘Oklahoma’.
As many pupils study Speech and Drama in addition to their timetabled class lessons, the standards achieved in whole school productions are excellent. The intimate setting of the theatre provides a wonderful atmosphere for the audience with a real sense of drama. The annual whole school play can include pupils of all ages, including juniors or it may be a more adult production with mainly senior students; this creates great diversity and variety.
Musical Theatre Club has become a popular activity which enables pupils to express themselves through Dance and Singing alongside Drama. Pupils meet weekly to stage and rehearse their own creative adaptations of current Musical Theatre repertoire in a lively and energetic environment. Pupils are encouraged to elect the chosen contemporary material and choreograph and direct the presentations.
Key Stage Three Drama Club is an opportunity for lower school pupils to enjoy improvisation workshops and build skills in character development, dialogue and voice and movement. In the Summer Term pupils can take part in a scripted outdoor performance in the beautiful College gardens attended by parents and local primary schools. In recent years the Summer productions have been Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out’.