Drama at the RGS is a vital, vibrant and energetic part of the life and ethos of the School.
There is a commitment to provide access for all to experience and contribute to every aspect of the creative process from page to stage. This can take the form of extracurricular activities, trips and workshops as well as getting involved in whole-school productions either as performers or backstage crew.
For the last two years, RGS has produced a junior production in the Michaelmas Term, staged a main school production which is open to senior boys and the local girls’ schools in the Lent Term, and also put on a further junior production in the Trinity Term. There is a regular weekly Junior Drama Society, annual Second and Third Form Drama competitions, an Arts Festival play and opportunities for boys to stage their own initiatives. Every two years, Guildford High School and RGS produce a full-scale musical involving actors, singers and musicians as well as technical support drawn from the student body. This year a new Technical Theatre lunchtime club will run to introduce boys to lighting and sound.
Last year, the School ran New Views, a playwriting competition hosted by the National Theatre which provides guided tutorials and mentoring of the boys by current playwrights in order to hone the craft of the young participants. In 2014, the New Views competition was won by an RGS student and last year boys' scripts made it to the longlist.
The Drama Department runs an enrichment option for older boys as part of the whole-school Period 8 provision. Field Days provide fantastic opportunities for boys to take part in challenging practical workshops run by professionals, to see plays in performance and to spend time learning and developing vital performance and life skills. An 'Alternative Theatre Club' is run for senior boys to experience productions that are challenging and stimulating and not on any curriculum.