In addition to academic study there is a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities ranging from drama clubs, plays and musical as well as theatre visits on offer for pupils. There are ample opportunities for pupils to develop an interest in the dramatic arts through experience as audience members and by the development of their theatre skills.
There are a number of productions throughout the year, allowing pupils to explore performance or back-stage and technical roles, with genre ranging from hard-hitting drama to pantomime.
Recent productons include:
- Blackout – Davey Anderson
- Inspired by the true stories of a young offender from Glasgow, a 15 year old who had committed a violent crime, this short play was part of the National Theatre’s New Connections programme which commissions plays about and for young people and was presented to critical acclaim at the Royal National Theatre. It’s a hard-hitting play about ‘getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.
- Alice in Wonderland – Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll
- Alice journeys into a world of talking animals, comic royalty and races where the contestants run in circles! There are also the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the watch-carrying White Rabbit and talking flowers.
- Grease – Based on the original screenplay by Allan Carr and Bronte Woodward
- A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?
- Snow White & The Seven Teachers – Adapted from the Grimm’s fairytale by the S3 of session 2016-2017
- A Clifton Hall take on the classic tale where several of the teaching staff are parodied by our S3 pupils. Written and produced by the pupils themselves this panto tells a story loosely based on that of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.