drama

 The Drama department is committed to extending each girl’s range of experiences and understanding, and therefore encourages them to see external plays and productions around London, which utilise differing styles and genres, ranging from Shakespeare to physical theatre, horror stories to graphic naturalism. Additionally, the department has worked to enable girls to attended workshops with professional practitioners on subjects as varied as Chekhovian acting and physical theatre devising techniques.

Students in Years 7 & 8 have the opportunity to join Drama Club and there is also a Drama Committee who help with all areas in school productions. Participants learn a broad range of skills and gain valuable experience through these extra curricular activities.

Each year the drama department is responsible for dozens of productions. The majority of these are examination pieces which are consistently of an outstanding quality. Many productions are in association with CLS with girls being involved there and boys at CLSG and every year there is a joint musical. 

City Arts 2013

2013 - 2014

This academic year  has seen a variety of performing arts productions, all of a consistently high standard, and very entertaining too! To read more about current and recent productions, click here to view this term's edition of City Life.

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare, the students were given the opportunity to perform live at Shakespeare's Globe
  • Kiss Me Kate - Bella & Samuel Spewack & Cole Porter, one of the all-time great musicals, Kiss Me Kate tells the story of a divorced couple appearing together in a production of The Taming of the Shrew
  • DNA - Dennis Kelly, a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart

2012 - 2013

Some of the stellar performances from 2012 - 2013 included:

  •  Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare, an all female production of this lesser-known problem play
  • The Sound of Music - Rodgers and Hammerstein, a student-directed production of this much loved musical
  • Monkey - Colin Teevan, an action-packed stage adaptation of a late 70's Chinese television series 'Journey to the West'. Performed by Year 8 & 9 girls
  • Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman, a musical production which was written, produced and performed by senior school students

There were five major school productions at CLSG in 2011-2012:

  •  Grease  –  A joint Senior production in association with CLS, the ever-popular story of Danny and Sandy who meet on holiday, part, and then meet again at Rydell High.
  • A Potter Musical: The Sequel - a hugely successful student led production.
  • The Guru of Nutting by Steve Morley – World Premiere – Thirds’ Production, a humorous look at the foolish citizens of Nutting.
  • Cinderella – a colourful Christmas pantomime performed by the Preps.
  • The Big Ship Sails by Alison Chaplin - Year 7 Production, the story of the forced repatriation of British children to Australia.

Previous years productions included:

2010

  • Guys and Dolls  by Loesser, Swerlin &  Burroughs classic musical  A joint Senior &  Junior School production in association with CLS.
  • Aladdin – a colourful Christmas pantomime performed by the Preps.
  • The Guru of Nutting by Steve Morley – World Premiere – Thirds’ Production, a humorous look at the foolish citizens of Nutting.
  • Sisters Three by Steve Morley – World Premiere – Sixth Form Production, a dark and feminist mixture of Chekhov and Shakespeare.

2009

  • The Peach Child by Anna Furse - Year 7 Production
  • Psyche - the world premiere of a specially commissioned Diane Samuels play - Senior Drama Production
  • It Snows by Bryony Lavery and Frantic Assembly - Junior Drama Production

2008

  • Single Twin by Stephen Morley -  Year 7 Production
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Junior Drama Production
  • Psyche by Diane Samuels - Senior Drama Production
  • Ali Baba and the Four Tea Thieves - Prep Pantomime