the Performing Arts department
Drama plays a major role in the life of Garden House School. Not only is Drama part of the weekly curriculum but the academic year is also filled with theatrical events and diverse workshops. The Drama Department celebrates the individuality of each child and encourages their unique personalities to thrive and their personal confidence to grow.
There is a strong emphasis on public speaking skills and an ability to communicate individual ideas and viewpoints to a wide audience. The non-denominational weekly Assembly is a major event, with each class being given the opportunity to choose a topic and to expand upon it. Garden House has close links with the children’s theatre company Perform who regularly visit different School year groups to run engaging and creative workshops exploring current affairs and global issues.
The dramatic year begins with a Poetry Festival in the autumn and a variety of exciting poets are invited to visit the School and share their work through lively and interactive sessions. The children have the opportunity to write their own poems and to explore a diverse number of performance techniques. We have regular visits from the well-known children’s poet Kit Wright whose poem The Magic Box features in the English Curriculum.
Christmas brings a wealth of wonderful Church services and Carol Concerts which bring the whole School together in celebration. The Lower School present a Nativity and the Upper School boys and girls both provide a wonderful sense of festivity with their own services where there is great opportunity for public speaking and storytelling. The great dramatic highlight of the spring is the Shakespeare project. Each year MSII boys and girls come together to perform one of Shakespeare’s great works in a professional theatre, most recently The St James Theatre.
This project is always met with great enthusiasm by the children who relish the challenge of interpreting the language and of bringing some of the most famous characters in English literature to life. The Summer Shows are the pinnacle of the dramatic year at Garden House. With five musical shows spanning the whole School, everyone has the opportunity to take to the stage and demonstrate all the dramatic skills they have learnt throughout the year.
After great success last year, all our shows will once again be taking place at The Royal Court Theatre. This is a wonderful and unique experience for the children to perform on a truly world famous stage.