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DRAMA FACILITIES

Our exciting Drama department is an inspiring place to study and stage your acting career, but you don’t have to study Drama with us to get stuck in with our enrichment activities.

Each year, the department stages over seventeen productions, including college productions and even the staff put on an end of year play!

On campus

We don’t just act like an amazing drama department; we have the support and equipment to prove it:

Technology

digital video cameras, iPads and SLRs for recording rehearsals, performances and presentations

SOFTWARE

Audacity and Filmora

Specialist equipment

Music and sound equipment: mics, keyboards and amps

Facilities

Black box drama studio with full lighting rig. Equipped workshop for stage carpentry and prop building. Large spaces for group and individual rehearsal

RESOURCES

well stocked costume and props cupboard and an extensive wide-ranging playscript library

Take to the stage

Xaverian has an outstanding record of success in Drama, and many of our former students are seen on stage and television.

Wunmi Mosaku is a British actress of African origin. After two successful years at Xaverian College, she secured a place at RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  She’s best-known for her roles in Joy and Silent Witness, Father & Son and played the lead role in the drama I am Slave on Channel 4. Other students who have gone on to professional careers have included:

Abdullah Afzal

has now completed two series as one of the leads in Lunch Monkeys on BBC3 and this year will play one of the leads in a BBC 1 series: Citizen Khan.

Gemma Hodgson

is part of the directorial team on Strictly Come Dancing.

Happystorm Theatre

Sell-out performances for this month’s performances of The Crypt Project at the Lowry with former Xavs Drama student, Matthew Ganley as co-director/performer.

John Steciuk, Elliot Hughes and Jerusha Green

are all on highly prestigious ‘Writing for Performance’ courses at the University of East Anglia.

Keeping Links Alive

We are very fortunate in having so many of our former students keep in touch with us and being willing to share their expertise with our current students.

Over the past three years they have run workshops for us: Fiona Gordon on voice, Charles Swift on script analysis, Fisayo Akinade on physical theatre, Matthew Ganley on audition techniques, Mairi Hayes on devising and Sarah Macdonald-Hughes on scripting.

Professional Workshops

Every year, there are visits from professional actors and drama school graduates who run exciting workshops for the students which are targeted to help them with the unit they are working on.

In the past, we have had days on Berkoff, Physical Theatre, vocal techniques and non-vocal communication.

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