Drama at Manor House School is seen as a valuable tool for increasing self-confidence and communication skills, as well as enabling girls to enjoy the sheer thrill and professionalism of being involved in one of our major school productions or drama evenings.
Drama is a strong subject area throughout the school and a popular and successful GCSE course. All girls are involved with the major Junior and Senior productions each year – a vast majority of girls choose to take part in some shape or form in the Senior production whether acting or back-stage. There is also a popular House Arts event, led by Year 9, and Theme Week, not solely Arts based, but which takes place at the end of the summer term.
In 2016, Manor House staged their Senior School production of Billy Elliot, being one of the first schools in Britain to perform it. The production was played to packed houses over three nights.
Billy Elliot is one of a long line of major productions held annually at Manor House School, including The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun and many others. Girls are involved in all aspects of the production from creation of the scenery and props, to the lighting, running the 16 microphone sound desk, music, acting and chorus line.
Instead of hiring in a professional orchestra Manor House School always has a mix of instrumental staff, professionals and girls to support their major productions, a beneficial opportunity for the girls themselves to play challenging scores alongside musicians of a high standard.
Girls in the GCSE course perform in the annual and national Shakespeare Festival which is a non-competitive event but requires them to perform an abridged version of a Shakespeare play at the Leatherhead Theatre. They most recently performed ‘Twelfth Night’.