‘A school where the Performing Arts live up to their name’
There is seldom a day when the onsite professional theatre, the Seckford Theatre, is not resounding with a production in rehearsal, full performance or academic drama studies.
Woodbridge School prides itself on the inclusive nature and professional quality of its productions. Whether academic or extra-curricular, students are encouraged to explore a wide range of theatrical styles; from the spectacular whole School musical, to the annual open air Shakespeare and our bi-annual performance at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Drama is a thriving, very popular subject, and pupils are able to flex their creative muscles, as writers, directors and performers. Involvement in drama is not limited to performance; those who prefer to work behind the scenes can train under the professional guidance of a full-time theatre technician in lighting, sound, set-design and backstage support.
We’ve had some fantastic students tread the boards at Woodbridge who have then gone on to have successful theatrical careers.
Sophie Cookson – best known for playing the title role in The Trial of Christine Keeler and also for playing the role of Roxy Morton in Kingsman: the Secret Service and its sequel.
Luke Roberts – featured in Wolf Hall, Holby City, Dracula the Dark Prince, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.
Jack Laskey – has featured in ITV’s Endeavour, in films including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and at the Globe Theatre in productions including Antony & Cleopatra.
Jessica Oyelowo – was the lead female role in British TV series Mayo, as well as more than a dozen films including Sleepy Hollow and A United Kingdom.
Camilla Rutherford – actress and model, who has appeared in the film Gosford Park as well as Freediver and Vanity Fair.
Nick Lowe – singer-songwriter, musician and producer.
Isabella Summers – musician, singer, songwriter and producer, Isabella is in the indie rock band Florence and the Machine.
LAMDA was founded in 1861 and is the oldest drama school in the United Kingdom. It is also the largest statuary speech and drama award body in the country.
LAMDA teaching encompasses a wide range of subjects including acting, verse and prose, public speaking, spoken English, and musical theatre.
LAMDA is about process and learning through fun, and acquiring new skills that will benefit every student. LAMDA pupils also get to experience visits from theatre and television professionals such as actors, casting agents and writers.
LAMDA at Woodbridge consistently achieves 50% distinctions every year. The School has a 100% success rate with students gaining their Trinity Diploma at Level 4 in the National Qualifications framework (first year of degree level study).
Click here to download application form for LAMDA lessons in the Senior School
About the Seckford Theatre:
We are delighted to have a professional 350-seat theatre in the school grounds for the use of our pupils, giving them opportunities to hone their performance skills. The Theatre was built in 2007 and funded by the Seckford Foundation. Outside of the school day, the Theatre hosts local theatrical groups as well as national ones, including the Royal Ballet.
Please visit the Seckford Theatre Website for forthcoming productions.