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Performing Arts

Mr Jon Bridgeman, Head of Performing Arts & Mrs Rachel McMillan, Performing Arts Teacher


‘Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of the imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change’ – Jude Kelly, Theatre Director

Here at Finborough, we are passionate about the performing arts. Drama and performance play an important part in the education of all pupils at the school. Through drama, pupils develop key skills for life in creativity, teamwork, self-expression and confidence. We believe these are invaluable skills in preparing our pupils for a range of future study and career options.

We encourage all pupils to participate in the performing arts whether as an actor, dancer, designer, director or as a critical observer. Drama is taught in a well-equipped studio with a new lighting rig and staging. We use professional venues for all our school productions such as Aladdin and High School Musical at The Apex, Rent at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, Romeo and Juliet at The Regal in Stowmarket and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Dance East, Ipswich. Our most recent productions of The Lion King (at Finborough in a giant teepee) and Oliver! (at Dance East) were significant triumphs.