On 24 March 2022, curtains opened. An audience of hundreds held their breath. And a performance like no other began. But before that could all happen, a cast and crew of 33 students, across all houses and years, had to come together in order for such an endeavour to play out as spectacularly as it did.
We have yet to meet a person in the whole school who didn’t have a thoroughly enjoyable experience watching the production. A combination of a witty script and expressive actors made A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a play with a serious premise, but an entertaining, comedic execution. The actors were backed up by a legion of devoted crewmembers who, though never onstage themselves, made a massive impact on our experience watching the play, working behind-the-scenes on everything we saw, from the makeup on the actors’ faces to the set design.
The cast and crew of the play worked tirelessly, from before December break up to opening night, all while juggling the weight of schoolwork and extracurricular fixtures. According to Hugo Poland Bowen (JP, Cook's), who played Puck, the rehearsals were a “great environment to be in”, with all involved being “really supportive and excited, and (giving) all of their time and energy to the play."
We’d like to congratulate all those who participated in the play, from its conception to its final showing on Saturday night. Thank you all for giving us this priceless experience!
27th June 2023
A troupe of fifteen pupils tackle Molière’s 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' with wit, style and conviction.
10th February 2023
This term's House play was by pupils from Du Boulay's.
3rd April 2020
As LAMDA Showcase Evenings move on-line for the foreseeable future, one pupil writes about the development of LAMDA, and its popularity, at Winchester.
14th March 2020
The latest school play, Doctor Faustus, told the classic story in a fresh, engaging way.
23rd October 2019
One of the stars of the show writes about his love of acting, the importance of drama at the school, and the latest production.
19th June 2019
The standard of acting and directing on display at this year's Junior Drama Festival was as high as ever. This wonderful house competition, bringing together fourth and first years to put on a production is a highlight of the summer term, proving hugely enjoyable for participants and audiences alike. One of the actors reflects on his experience.