The school play takes place in the Spring Term. The production is selected by Head of Drama Ms Martin and often tweaked to make it distinctly “Cobham”. Auditions are open to all, and students take on both acting and technical backstage roles, from assistant director to set painter, lighting technician and costume designer.
Productions range from the historical (Tea with Mrs Pankhurst, 2010) to large scale musicals (Bugsy Malone, 2012) and thought-provoking abstract performances (The Insect Play, 2011). Whatever the production, there is always much to be gained and plenty of laughs to be had through the many rehearsals and performances themselves. For some girls it may be an introduction to a lifelong passion, for others it remains a creative outlet to be shared with friends and the attraction of being part of something bigger (much as our Round Square ethos intended) or simply the thrill of being under the bright lights.
In 2013, to mark the school’s 50th Anniversary, a play about life in a British boarding school has been specially commissioned by Cobham Hall, with input and ideas from current students to be incorporated into the finished script.