Common Time 2019

Winchester College


The Roses of Eyam
Canterbury Tales
Arturo Ui
Arturo Ui

Winchester College offers a busy programme of co-curricular drama. Boys have the opportunity to explore many different aspects of theatre: acting, directing, and creative technical work.

QEII, Winchester College's theatre, is the heart of our dramatic endeavours. It has a deep proscenium stage, an auditorium of 240 seats and state-of-the art digital lighting and sound systems. Our theatre manager runs the building during the day, and other members of the department look after our remarkably well-stocked theatre wardrobe and run a weekly make-up club.

Each year there are about ten theatre productions. The school play in March is at the heart of the programme. Recently we have seen A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Revenger's Tragedy and Oedipus Rex. Each house performs a house play roughly every three years, and there are normally three house plays a year. Plays directed by senior boys are a longstanding tradition of our theatre. Over a year we aim to put on as wide a variety of plays as possible - light and serious, classic and modern. In the summer, we have the Junior Play Festival, in which the first years of each house perform a thirty-minute play produced by fourth years. There are occasional visiting workshops by professional practitioners, often bespoke for particular productions.

At Winchester College we welcome group visits from neighbouring schools and the female parts in the plays are regularly played by girls from St Swithun's School, Peter Symonds College and other local schools. Through our Community Service programme, boys work with Blue Apple Theatre Company and entertain various residential homes with songs and sketches.

While we do not offer public exams in Drama, it is possible for boys to study for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) grade exams with a visiting professional. These are included as an extra, on the model of music lessons. 

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