Drama

Sweeney Todd
Millfield Drama student performs in the production of Beowulf
Millfield Drama student performs in the senior performance of The Crucible
Sweeney Todd
Millfield Drama student performs in the senior production of The Crucible
Millfield students perform in the school production of High School Musical
Millfield students perform in the senior production of High School Musical
Millfield Drama students perform The Odyssey 
Sweeney Todd

Our philosophy in the Drama Department is summed up by the phrase, "Drama for all". We believe that involvement in live theatre is a life-enhancing experience that equips young people with essential life skills, and should therefore be available to everyone.

Alongside our academic drama programme, we offer a broad and exciting co-curricular provision that includes clubs, workshops and Speech and Drama coaching. We run ambitious shows in the Meyer Theatre; in the autumn term we put on a big production that is open to everyone in the school, giving students a rounded experience of putting on a play with full production values, including large sets. The Junior Play in the summer, open to Years 9 and 10, is similarly impressive in its scale.

The big shows are by no means the only opportunities on offer. Our showcase of raw theatrical talent, ‘Short Cuts’, has created quite a buzz, as have the ‘Junior House Plays’ at the end of the summer term. The house plays capture the competitive spirit of the Millfield students, and are a display of team work and talent. Written and directed by Drama students in the Lower Sixth, the plays involve the participation of the whole of Year 9 and many Year 10, in exuberant performances often involving music and dance.

Our students also get to work in a professional theatre, through our annual contribution to the Shakespeare Schools Festival, and we are very lucky to have a fresh Director in Residence working with us every year between January and June. The DIR's job is to create further co-curricular opportunities for our students, often in unconventional, site-specific projects.

Students can get involved in any aspect of these productions, including acting, backstage work, technical assistance with sound and lighting, and publicity. What they get from it is a shared experience that gives them skills they will always find useful, notably creativity, team work, communication, decision making, risk taking and presentation. 

Drama News

Millfield dance and drama students work with leading UK dance company and RADA mentor during ‘Curiosity’ programme

Millfield dancers and actors have begun a series of workshops and projects as part of the bespoke Curiosity programme for the spring term. Devised by Director of Dance and Drama, Rhian Fox, students will be working with one of the biggest dance companies in the UK, as well Royal Academy of Dramatic Art mentors.

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Millfield student pursues Events Management and starts own company after illuminating Somerset landmark during global pandemic

After using his stage management experience from school to illuminate local landmark Glastonbury Tor on Thursday evenings after the national clap for carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Millfield Upper Sixth student Sam Wardell from Glastonbury is now going on study part-time in Events Management at the Events Academy in London, as well as starting his own events company.

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