Drama

Located in the EM Forster theatre, the Drama department offers unrivalled facilities available to all Tonbridgians whether they are studying Drama and Theatre or taking part in co-curricular productions. We encourage participation in all its forms, whether it is working backstage with our professional team of technicians, performing in the 400 seat theatre or enjoying the programme of professional productions as a member of the audience.

Drama is central to the cultural life of the school and we work closely with the Art, Music and English departments to deliver a creative and culturally diverse curriculum.

We stage an impressive range of productions over the course of the academic year including a whole school play or musical in the Michaelmas Term, a Junior play, a Lower Sixth play and an Edinburgh Fringe play in the Summer Term, four or more House plays scattered through the year, as well as numerous exam performances in the Lent Term. We enter a Junior production into the Shakespeare’s Schools’ Festival and are looking to take a major production on tour in the near future.

We also run a creative writing course for boys in collaboration with top London theatres such as the Royal Court, the National and the Old Vic with the aim of getting scripts published and organise for boys to take part in workshops run by visiting actors, practitioners and theatre companies such as Frantic Assembly and Shared Experience.

With a range of theatre trips to London and beyond, as well as the annual trips to the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Drama department offers a wonderfully rich experience of theatre.

Mr Gavin Bruce

Head of Department
MA, BA Hons, PGCE, University of Lancaster

Mr Richard Hartley

Teacher
MA, PGCE, Dip RADA, BA, King Alfred's College, Winchester and University of Birmingham

Mr Lawrence Thornbury

Teacher
DipDrama, Guildford School of Acting