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At Dean Close, we celebrate creativity, culture and performance. Expressive Arts enjoy their prominence at the heart of School life, recognised for the valuable role they play in enhancing well being and self-confidence, promoting dedication and commitment and providing another platform for group and individual development, passion and talent.

Drama features prominently in the cultural life of the School as a fulfilling academic subject and a popular co-curricular voluntary activity.

There are Main School Plays and House Plays, a Lower School Play, a Drama Scholars’ Play and an occasional Sixth Form Play, which are sometimes pupil-initiated and directed under the supervision of the Department.

In addition, there are AS level Theatre Studies productions and up to 8 GCSE pieces, which makes for around 5 productions of varying size per year. Speech and Drama lessons are offered for individuals or pairs for around 120 pupils, who take a very successful programme of exams from RADA, LAMDA and Victoria College – many pupils gain Diploma Level.

The facilities are considerable: the purpose-built 550-seat Bacon Theatre, which includes the largest stage in Gloucestershire, a retractable orchestra pit, dressing rooms, lighting rigs and a spacious marble foyer (The Orangery). The Tuckwell Theatre is a 400-seat open-air woodland theatre in an idyllic setting, and the Drama Studio is where much of the teaching and smaller productions take place.