Theatre thrives in the school at all levels. Drama is exciting, fun and hugely rewarding. It highlights individual flair on the surface but it also demands close teamwork and a high degree of personal discipline.
A large number of children from the smallest to the oldest are involved in productions annually and are taught Drama as a discrete subject from Year 3 up. The use of grease paint and instant fame can daunt those who do not seek the limelight but the use of lighting, sound systems, scene changing or prop design is just as important and means that there is a role for everyone. The end of year productions performed by Year 6 are diverse and include large scale shows such as Oliver, Bugsy Malone, Honk, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical and the eagerly anticipated Mary Poppins in the Summer of 2018.
The school regularly enters children into debating and public speaking competitions and over the years Gayhurst has been particularly successful in these fields. LAMDA lessons, both for individuals and small groups, are incredibly popular and take place across four out of five school days each week, with pupils sitting LAMDA examinations regularly and gaining high marks across the board.
Performing in front of an audience is an experience that can prove invaluable in life. Annual Verse and Prose competitions help the children gain confidence when on stage as well as enriching their understanding of literature.