Drama is a vibrant feature of life at Cumnor and is one of the many ways we make learning come alive. Boys are given many opportunities during lessons to develop their skills through empathy and improvisation tasks, and through reading and performing play-scripts.
Boys are able to access Drama through a rich extra-curricular programme and there are separate Drama lessons which follow the LAMDA syllabus. They are encouraged to take examinations and receive accreditation for their work.
We hold a Public Speaking competition in the summer term. All boys in Years 3 – 8 participate in preliminary rounds in class, with the winners competing in an exciting and entertaining final attended by the whole school.
In addition, there are a number of school productions each year.
The Senior Production
The senior production (Years 5-8), usually a musical, is regarded as one of the highest points of the boys’ time at the Prep School. There is great competition for roles in the show and a huge amount of work goes into the final production. The children may be in the cast, work backstage, with the lighting crew or front of house on performance nights. This means most of our senior children will be involved in the production in one way or another.
2014: The Jungle Book
2016: Guys and Dolls
The Junior Production
The junior production has its cast drawn from Years 3 and 4. This takes the form of either several small scenes and sketches or a small-scale musical production.
Drama in the Pre-Prep
The Pre-Prep boys put on an adorable Christmas performance as well as Spring Concerts. Both opportunities enable our younger boys to experience performing. A theatre company or story-teller is also invited in annually.
A visit to the theatre has the potential to be a life-changing experience, as well a unique kind of learning. Recent West End visits include: Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and War Horse.