Boys excel in creative subjects   ISI Inspection 2015

Shirburnians have a rich history when it comes to performing arts. We’re proud to number Sir Richard Eyre, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Bonneville among our alumni – helping inspire every boy to develop their talents.

We encourage involvement in drama throughout the school, and whether boys enjoy treading the boards or working backstage, they have ample opportunity to shine.

We believe it is perfectly realistic for talented boys to aspire to a career in the theatre, and do all that we can to equip them with the skills, experience and confidence they need to realise their ambitions.

In addition to curriculum drama in their first term at Sherborne, boys are encouraged to become involved in a diverse programme of plays and musicals. An array of opportunities is available for those who want to act or sing, while those who prefer being behind the scenes can perfect their skills in stage management, lighting, sound or set construction.  Boys can also take extra curricular Speech and Drama individually or in pairs in acting and presentation skills, which can lead to LAMDA qualifications.

Most performances take place in our wonderful 220-seat theatre, which employs a full-time Theatre Manager and Technician and a part-time Wardrobe Mistress. We host two major school productions each year, as well as four house plays and a junior school play. In addition, there are regular modern language productions, and boys are encouraged to flex their creative muscles by writing and directing their own work.

With regular visits from professional actors and others in the trade, as well as a vibrant Artists-in-Residence programme, our boys are never short of inspirational role models. So it’s no surprise that many of them go on to achieve great things in the world of drama and theatre, continuing a line of high achievers that is very much a part of our school tradition.

Ian Reade BA
Head of Drama

Drama Galleries

Joint Schools Play - 'Our Country's Good'
Harper House Play 2016 - 'Your Decision'
The Green House Play 2016 - 'Bull'
Joint Schools' Musical 2015 - Sweeney Todd
Junior Play 2015
Abbey House Play 2015
School House Play 2015
Joint Schools' Play 2014
Harper House Play 2014
Into The Woods, 2013
Macbeth: Sherborne Girls production 2013
The Lyon Play: Dr Faustus 2013
The Digby Play: Pravda 2013
The 39 Steps
Maria Marten
The Rivals
Black Comedy