At St John Fisher we believe that Drama is hugely important in the life of students, helping them to develop as team players, as disciplined performers, creative thinkers, and independent workers. Our extracurricular opportunities further develop these skills outside of the restraints of the curriculum. We encourage all Drama students to get involved in extracurricular opportunities, but there are also opportunities for non-drama students to develop confidence, make new friends or simply have fun. Being involved in extracurricular activities makes a fantastic addition to a CV or personal statement. In the past, students who have gone on to study Law, Medicine, PPE, Veterinary Science amongst other subjects, have all been heavily involved in extracurricular drama.
Please use these pages to explore our extracurricular activities:
Senior School Musical
Every year we produce a major school production in November. This is for students in Years 9-13 and features a huge cast of actors, singers and dancers, a full orchestra and a hard-working backstage crew! There are opportunities for students to get involved at any level – depending on their interests, skills and experience. Past productions have included: Grease (2017), Billy Elliot (2016), Hairspray (2015), Oliver (2014), Sound of Music (2013), and Phantom of the Opera (2012).
If you are new to the school and interested in being a part of this production – please email Miss Booth or speak to one of the Performing Arts Staff.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
We are proud to represent St John Fisher every year at the hugely successful Shakespeare Schools Festival. Over 1000 schools participate every year, and perform a 30 minute version of a Shakespeare play in a regional theatre. We have performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds, and it is a real highlight of the Drama calendar. Though the event is non-competitive, we have an excellent reputation for producing high quality work, and the founder, Chris Grace, commented that our performance of Hamlet in 2013 was in the “top 5% in the country.” We have regularly been invited back to re-perform our work and represent the Festival at national events. Past productions include:
- Romeo and Juliet
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Julius Caesar
- Julius Caser – Performed again at Stratford-upon-Avon for a national NATE conference
- Hamlet – performed again at Warwick University for a national Pearson Conference
- Twelfth Night
- Comedy of Errors
- Midsummer Night’s Dream