Hill form play
As part of Drama lessons in Year 6, pupils work on preparing a full-scale production which includes every member of the Hill form. This is performed in the Fiennes Theatre in the summer term.
Year 7 play
The Year 7 play is hugely popular. Year 7 pupils audition for and rehearse a full-length play which is performed in an evening of the summer term in the Fiennes Theatre. Previous Year 7 plays have included ‘Grimm Tales’ and ‘Illuminous’.
The junior play is a biennial event and is for pupils in Years 8 and 9. Performances run over the course of three nights in December and are large in scale. Past performances have included Laura Wade’s ‘Alice’ and John Godber’s ‘Teechers’.
The senior play is a biennial event for pupils from Year 10 to the Upper Sixth. Plays run over the course of three nights in December, performed in the Fiennes Theatre. Past performances have included Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’.
The school musical
The school musical is a whole school event, which typically involves over 100 pupils. This is performed in the Hampden Hall in March over the course of a week. Past performances have included ‘Oliver!’, ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘The Producers’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Pupils in the Lower Sixth are given the opportunity to direct their own play at Emanuel, in which they cast Year 9 or 10 pupils in a play performed in February. They are in charge of all steps of the process, including choosing a play, budgeting, costume, lighting, set design and directing.
Play in a Week
We finish each school year with a performance of a play from pupils in Year 10 to the Upper Sixth, which is rehearsed and created in a week. Previous performances have included ‘Rhinoceros’ and ‘Zero for the Young Dudes’.