The Drama department is committed to extending each girl’s range of experiences and understanding, and therefore encourages them to see external plays and productions around London, which utilise differing styles and genres, ranging from Shakespeare to physical theatre, horror stories to graphic naturalism. Additionally, the department has worked to enable girls to attended workshops with professional practitioners on subjects as varied as Chekhovian acting and physical theatre devising techniques.
Students in Years 7 & 8 have the opportunity to join Drama Club and there is also a Drama Committee who help with all areas in school productions. Participants learn a broad range of skills and gain valuable experience through these extra curricular activities.
Each year the drama department is responsible for dozens of productions. The majority of these are examination pieces which are consistently of an outstanding quality. Many productions are in association with CLS with girls being involved there and boys at CLSG and every year there is a joint musical.
To read more about recent productions, see editions of the school magazine, City Life.
2014 - 2015
- Antigone - one of the great plays of world Drama. The teenage daughter of Oedipus takes on the state in a fight between what is just - man's law or natural law? An exciting physical-based production which was a highlight of the school year.
- Lord of the Flies -William Golding's classic novel about the disintegration of society was re-enacted by an all-female cast. A thought-provoking and thrilling experience.
- The Tempest - An abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most loved and performed later plays. Prospero weaves his magic on his hypnotic island of sweet sounds with his servants, Ariel and Caliban, as he carries out his revenge on those who exiled him there.
- Single Twin - Steve Morley, the single twin...the sole twin...the all alone twin...the pushed down a hole twin.
- Alice the Musical - Mike Smith, Robin Hayes & Vernon Mound, an adventure through Wonderland discovering magical creatures, curious happenings and even odder characters!
- The Bacchae - Euripides. Following on from the inaugural CLSG Greek Tragic Play, Euripides’ Medea, The Bacchae sees the young god Dionysus take revenge on the blasphemous Theban royal family for their refusal to acknowledge his divinity. The play was published posthumously in 405BC, winning first prize at the City Dionysia.
2013 - 2014
The 2013-14 academic year saw a variety of performing arts productions, all of a consistently high standard, and very entertaining too!
- The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare, the students were given the opportunity to perform live at Shakespeare's Globe
- Medea - the story of a dysfunctional couple whose relationshup is torn apart when Medea's husband abandons their marriage for a Royal Princess.
- Kiss Me Kate - Bella & Samuel Spewack & Cole Porter, one of the all-time great musicals, Kiss Me Kate tells the story of a divorced couple appearing together in a production of The Taming of the Shrew
- DNA - Dennis Kelly, a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart
- Die Fledermaus - a fantastic student-led production of the operetta by Johann Strauss II, set in Vienna in the late 19th Century.
- The Cherry Orchard - Anto Chekov, a joint CLS and CLSG production of the tragi-comic play by one of the great Russian writers, which delivered on the promise of tears, laughter and a Russian waltz.