Drama Club is run every Wednesday during term time (events permitting) for one hour. It is open to all students in the Senior School. It focuses on extending skills and experience, and allows more time for devising material and working across year groups. Older students are encouraged to supervise and direct younger performers. The Club is the place where school productions are prepared and all our work is intended to lead towards a performance. In December a pantomime was devised and successfully presented to the Prep School.
Previous productions have included of St Trinian’s, Princess Alexandra Isn’t Very Happy and the musical We Will Rock You.
GCSE AND A level groups have presented studio performances of Teechers, Shakers, The Crucible and Girls Like That.
2014 Same by Deborah Bruce as part of the National Theatre New Connections Festival 2014.
2015 Little Women adapted from Louisa M. Alcott
In 2016 Long Live Fair Oriana was presented which involved nearly one hundred performers. It featured drama, music and dance from the Elizabethan Age. Studio productions included It's not an Invitation devised by the 6th Form, Hopper's Women from Year 11 and Act 1 of Ayckbourn's Invisible Friends was performed by Year 10.
Little Women Drama and Music Production
St Catherine's production of Little Women, in a version specially created for the school, finally opened on Thursday 7 May. Featuring a large cast and orchestra, the audience was able to enjoy the impressive range of theatrical and musical talent which St Catherine's is famous for.
There were three sets of sisters to represent the March girls as they set out on their Pilgrim's Progress to adulthood. On their way, we watched them negotiate the hurdles of poverty, disapproving adults, the lures of Vanity Fair and their own fights and fallings out.
Frau Cotton, apparently from nowhere, produced costumes for nearly fifty performers achieving a remarkable visual transformation and helping the actors find that elusive "Period Style". The music drawn from compositions of the time made a highly evocative and sometimes moving contribution; it was expertly supervised by Miss Boyes. Lighting by Angus Dunican brought a welcome injection of professional West End expertise. For Mr Jacob, who has long wished to tackle this story, it was truly gratifying to see that after all these years, Louisa M Alcott's girls can still fascinate a young cast and charm a modern audience.