The Drama department at Burford has a rich and varied history of putting on high-quality whole-school productions open to Years 7 – 13. Involving as many students as possible, we create a visual feast of acting, dance, music and occasionally song.
We believe that students should be involved in all aspects of a production, so we train students to design and run stage management and backstage, including lighting, sound, costumes, props, make-up and set.
From time to time we take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and every year take on the challenge of directing and producing students in Years 7 and 8 in a Play in a Week, at the end of the academic year.
Past whole-school productions have included:
November 2005 The Tempest
November 2006 Sparkleshark
November 2007 Dracula
November 2009 The Arabian Nights
January 2013 Scrooge
April 2014 Alice in MediaLand
November 2014 Shakespeare-told
January 2016 Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival, involving over 1,000 schools and 150 professional theatres. It is an annual event which enables students aged 8-18 to perform their own 30-minute Shakespeare productions in front of a paying audience; usually in a professional theatre. To date we have performed ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Chipping Norton Theatre and most recently , ‘Macbeth’ in the theatre at Headington Girls’ School.
Play in a Week
As part of Burford School’s annual Immersion Week, during late July, the Drama department puts on a Play in a Week linked to the whole-school theme. The aim of the week is to enrich and extend the curriculum by offering our students a wide range of activities organised by different departments. During this week, only Years 7 to 9 are in school, so it is an ideal opportunity to do something a little different. In 2013, we had a Medieval Week, and in 2014 the theme was Ancient Egypt. Our performances were, therefore:
July 2013 Canterbury Tales
July 2014 Anthony and Cleopatra