• Senior ECA Drama

Drama

The Drama Department organises Theatre Trips as well as a busy extra-curricular programme of clubs and activities and school productions are a highlight of the school calendar.

Alongside full-scale whole school performances there is an “Evening of Drama” provided by The LAMDA exam candidates and an Inter-House Drama Competition, “The Gadesden”. These two events are non-audition based to ensure that every pupil, who wishes to, has an opportunity to take part in performance.

All performances within the school, whether Senior or Junior, are supported by our own in-house Technical Crew. This is open to pupils from Year 10 upwards who wish to participate in Backstage work including, Stage Management, Costume, Set, Make-Up, Light and Sound Design. As well as having a more intimate Studio space, we also have our own “state of the art” theatre with computerised lighting and sound boxes.

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'Annie' production 2014

Past whole school productions have been:

2006 “A Midsummers Night’s Dream” William Shakespeare
2006 “Blackheath on Broadway” with the Music and PE Departments.
2007 “The Ash Girl” Timberlake Wertenbaker
2008 “Animal Farm” adapted Sir Peter Hall and "After Juliet" by Sharman MacDonald
2009 "Bugsy" by Alan Parker and "Skellig" by David Almond
2010 " Dracula Spectacula" by John Gardiner and Andrew Parr and "The Little Prince" 
2011 "Grease" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
2011 "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
2012 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Greenwich Theatre
2012 "Daisy Pulls It Off"
2013 "The Tempest" at Greenwich Theatre

For 2014, a production of "Annie" was performed at Greenwich Theatre. Click here to view the photo gallery for this production. Reports from some of our recent drama productions can be downloaded at the foot of this page.

LAMDA tuition
Also available within the Drama department are professional acting lessons working towards the prestigious LAMDA speech and drama exams. LAMDA exams cover entry, intermediate and advanced level (Grades 6, 7 and 8 or Bronze, Silver and Gold medals). Recently the advanced examinations have been included in the UCAS tariff as points towards entry into Higher Education, adding official prestige to qualifications that are already fun and challenging. Girls can take the exams either as solo performers, as duologue performers where two candidates perform together, or combined, where each perform a solo scene and one scene together. Tuition is led by professional actors Kate Wilton, Lucy Tregear, Terry Wilton and Caroline Lawrie. (click here or see downloadable documents below for further details)

Kate Wilton is an actress who trained at East 15 drama school. She has worked extensively in the theatre and TV including major roles for the BBC and independent TV productions. She has performed on many tours around the UK including leading roles at The West Yorkshire Play House, The Orange Tree Theatre - Richmond and The Assembly Rooms - Edinburgh. She has also taught drama workshops at colleges throughout the UK and has really enjoyed teaching LAMDA to the Juniors and Seniors at Blackheath High School.
Lucy Tregear is an actress with a wealth of experience in the theatre, radio and television. She has performed leading roles in the West end, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and numerous theatres across the country and abroad. She has taught and performed at universities all over the USA as well as schools in the UK. She is also a successful television voice-over artist and a trained operatic soprano. Lucy is thrilled to be bringing LAMDA coaching to the girls at Blackheath High School.
Terry Wilton has enjoyed a much travelled career in theatre, film and television: several world tours for the British Council and the Old Vic ; leading roles in a number of seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company ; regular guest appearances with the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester ; seasons with Mike Alfred’s Method and Madness company and in Regent’s Park Open Air theatre ; and several prestigious West End runs. He has given Shakespeare master classes at State University of New York (Geneseo) ; and performed, lectured and given theatre workshops in College and University residencies across some fifteen States of North America
Caroline Lawrie has worked in a wide range of mediums which include 'On Approval' at The Playhouse Theatre, 'The Master Builder' at the Haymarket Theatre and 'An Ideal Husband' at The Old Vic Theatre, all directed by sir Peter Hall in London's West End. Her other Theatre work includes Blythe Spirit, Rebecca and Dry Rot at The Gaiety Theatre, Douglas. No1 tours incluse 'As you like it,' 'Twelf Night' and 'A Midsummer's Night Dream.' She also toured 'Romeo and Juliet' for Theatre in Education. Most recently, she toured No 1 Theatres with Jane Austin's 'Emma.' Caroline's TV experiences include The Bill, Doctors, Boon, Barbara and Prince and the Pauper. Accompanying her tours in Theatre, she has extensive experience of workshops with children rediscovering the plays including improvision and acting techniques.

Downloads

Filename Size  
Introducing our LAMDA Coaches 20 MB Download
Annie report 2 MB Download
Dracula 106 KB Download
Bugsy Malone at Greenwich Theatre March 2016 Download