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Drama at Bryanston has an excellent reputation and with 15-20 productions a year pupils have plenty of opportunities to perform, design and direct. There is a strong focus on pupil-directed drama, encouraging independence, creativity and initiative. Pupils interested in the technical side can join the stage crew to learn how to handle the equipment and design, light and costume a production, while others help with front of house, marketing and box office.

There is a wide range of performance spaces across the school, including Coade Hall, a purpose-built theatre with a sophisticated system of stage lighting and sound, and a large Greek theatre that provides a beautiful setting for outdoor productions in the summer.

Professional touring companies and outside groups regularly visit Bryanston, and pupils attend productions at other theatres. Workshops, lectures and master classes add breadth to the dramatic experiences. You can find details of forthcoming events here.

Jane Quan
Head of Drama


Anyone with talent and commitment can get involved with drama at Bryanston. In the junior years this is mainly through productions and ECAs. In the sixth form pupils can also choose to study Drama and Theatre Studies at A level.

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies


This course explores a variety of historic periods, styles and genres. Interest and previous experience as a performer, designer, audience member or backstage is expected.

All units require a committed and pro-active approach to practical group work, but also the ability to research, read quickly, make notes and develop independent thinking. Candidates will need to express themselves clearly on paper for both the coursework and the final examination. There is no written examination in the summer term of AS, but candidates are encouraged to take a LAMDA acting examination  (QCA accredited, and can be used to strengthen university applications). 

  • AS Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama and Theatre, 20% (Coursework, autumn) (Practical exploration, analysis and written notes on two texts, using a key theatre practitioner; A written evaluation of live theatre)
  • AS Unit 2 -Theatre Text in Performance, 30% (Practical exam, spring) (An individual performance from/ design for a chosen play; A group public performance/ designs for a second play; Written notes supporting the interpretation.)
  • A2 Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance, 20% (Practical coursework, autumn) (Development and performance of an original piece of ensemble theatre, in the role of a director, designer or performer; Supporting notes on the process and performance.
  • A2 Unit 4 -Theatre Text in Context, 30% (Written exam, summer) Study and preparation of one of three set classic texts, as a director; Analysis of a contemporary production of a chosen period text, compared to its original staging and conventions
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Bryanston Drama Diploma

The Bryanston Drama Diploma is a voluntary programme for pupils in C and B (years 10 and 11) interested in drama and theatre.

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There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to perform and everyone, whatever their level of experience, is encouraged to take part on stage and off. The main production of the year is in the autumn term and involves pupils from across the school.

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Dance is a popular extra-curricular activity with a wide range of classes available, including ballet, street, contemporary and modern jazz

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'None of my aspirations and hopes would have been possible without the staff, people and facilities at Bryanston.'



None of my aspirations and hopes would have been possible without the staff, people and facilities at Bryanston. I can still remember my first production at Bryanston, The Canterbury Tales. I played a drunk and I had to dramatically die from poison in front of 800 people. My 13-year-old self almost wet himself. I’m hopefully heading off to the University of Manchester in September to study drama and then drama school. None of my aspirations and hopes would have been possible without the staff, people and facilities at Bryanston. I have done and achieved an extraordinary amount here, from getting my trousers pulled down as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, to directing and performing in Equus with a group of mates for the A3 Festival. Becoming an actor has always been a dream of mine, since I was about 10, but now I feel it’s a serious possibility.
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