Habs has a long history of producing plays of exceptionally high standards and senior students regularly have the opportunity to perform on the Edinburgh Fringe. Recent productions have included Amadeus, Antigone, Around The World in Eighty Days and Romeo and Juliet.
There are three major co-curricular productions a year involving the Senior, Middle and Junior schools, a weekly Drama Club for boys in Years 7 and 8, as well as annual House Drama Competitions for all boys.
All boys in Year 7 and 8 take Drama for half a term as part of the School’s Key Skills course. Drama can be taken as an option in Year 9 and again at GCSE in Years 10 and 11. Theatre Studies at AS and A2 level is also offered in the Sixth Form. Boys who opt to take the subject at examination level, study all aspects of practical theatre from the perspective of the director, designer and actor including the principles of lighting, sound, set design, costume and make-up.
The boys are well aware of the value of Drama in providing transferable skills (in presentation and communication; resilience and confidence; creative thinking and teamwork) which are relevant in all careers from Law to Medicine, from Engineering to Business. Boys who study Drama (many of them up to A Level) go on to study a wide range of courses at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Recent Drama students have taken up courses in Maths, Medicine, Law, English, Politics and History. The Department comprises three specialist teachers, one of whom is the Lead Teacher for Academic Drama, a Head of Performance Drama, and a Theatre Technician who provides expert support as well as overseeing set construction and prop-making for Drama lessons and School productions. The department also appoints annually a graduate Director-in-Residence who assists in all aspects of co-curricular Drama.
The department takes full advantage of its proximity to London and there is a considerable programme of visits to plays in the West End, the South Bank and Stratford-Upon-Avon for boys studying Drama at all levels.