Drama and theatre studies

Drama and theatre studies give the students room to develop a range of important personal qualities, including confidence, compassion and empathy.

Drama and theatre studies at City

Every year the City drama department hosts collaborative and creative productions in a range of performance spaces, from the Main Hall to the Black Box to our Mountjoy open air theatre.

Why study drama and theatre at City?

Drama lessons are vibrant, energetic, exciting, unpredictable and always take place within an atmosphere of fun. To the non-initiated they appear to be noisy and out of control, but this is part and parcel of the dynamic creative process. The fundamental aim of the drama department is to improve through physical and vocal exercises, and challenging projects, the communication skills of all students. At City we want students to take the lead so they are encouraged to use their own observations and experiences in the creation of practical work.

We also encourage an awareness of the importance of drama and theatre in past and modern societies. There is also an emphasis on co-curricular work. The year ends with a year 7 production, the junior production and the senior production. The school works closely with City of London School (CLS) and boys are invited to take part in many of the shows here while girls are invited to take part in shows at CLS. Every other year the senior production is a major musical. All in all, if you include examination productions there are around 20 per year. Productions are often innovative, and we have been proud to present several specially commissioned world-premieres, and lucky to attract the contributions of West End practitioners including a set design by top designer, John Napier.

Our Staff

Chris Whyld, BSc (London), MA (RADA), MA (London)
director of drama
Michelle Mapstone, MA (St Andrews)
teacher of drama



"Drama is so valuable because it not only is great fun but it also enhances your confidence, your communication skills and your self-awareness. Also, the amazing variety of productions we visit is fantastic! I have absolutely loved studying GCSE Drama and cannot wait to begin A-level Theatre Studies."

Ophelia, year 11

Beyond the curriculum

On average examination students visit professional shows around a dozen times a year. The department's aim is to make use of the great variety of shows which are on offer in London. While we occasionally visit more mainstream productions such as musicals and classics, the department actively seeks out those production which will stretch the students knowledge and experience, visiting experimental theatre companies, circus, dance, site-specific theatre.

We live in what is arguably the theatre capital of the world, we have the wonderful Barbican Theatre on our doorstep with its emphasis on bringing in theatre from around the world, and we aim to take advantage.