HURTWOOD FESTIVAL OF DRAMA
In the spring we have a run of plays and monologues which are part of the Theatre Studies academic exams. Students work hard to put on their own productions which are open to the public and also assessed for their AS and A Levels.
Through the year we run a Musical Theatre course in the Enigma programme for AS students. Initially this introduces students to the ways song, dance and acting skills combine in the musicals, but as the year goes on it focuses on rehearsal for an end of year Showcase. We combine a selection of numbers, linked together with a loose theme, in which all cast members have their moment to shine and present it in the last week of the summer term.
There is also an A2 Musical Review. This is an opportunity for A2 students who are interested in developing their Musical Theatre training and performance work and is directed by Head of Performing Arts Doug Quinn.
STRAIGHT DRAMA PRODUCTIONS
For AS students, there is an Enigma option especially for those that are serious about straight drama. An auditioned ensemble of some of Hurtwood's finest AS actors perform in the summer term at the local Cranleigh Arts Centre, directed by Ezra Hjalmarsson, one of our resident drama teachers & directors. For A2 students there is an auditioned ensemble whch works to produce a production which is performed in the Easter term and directed by Paul Bown & Adrian Rawlins, two more of our drama staff.
STUDENT LEAD WORK
Students are encouraged to write and direct their own work and where possible this is showcased informally with all the full artistic and technical support that Hurtwood can offer.