Drama Extra Curricular
“Uno Animo in Bellum” written, directed and produced by Sara Howells
There is a strong tradition of performance at The Windsor Boys’ School. Plays are staged in both the hall using the Proscenium Arch theatre, and in the state-of-the-art Drama Studio. A major school play is run on alternate years to the musicals run by the Music department. These feature a large cast, the boys being joined by girls from Windsor Girls’ School. The play in November 2014 was “Uno Animo In Bellum”
This original work was inspired by both the school’s recent centenary of 1908 and the current centenary of World War 1. The play told the story of some of the old ‘Windsor County Boys’ who died performing their service to our country during the war in the trenches. It also referred to the early history of the school with details of how the first four houses were named in memorial to four of these boys, and how the school motto came to be. The play was written, directed and produced by the Head of Drama, Sara Howells, this being the fourth play she has written for the school. Her aim is to involve as many students as possible, both on stage as well as backstage, to tell a story to the audience in an enjoyable way and perhaps provoke thought as well.
Previous school plays have included:
“Treasure Island” adapted from the novel and directed by Sara Howells (2012)
“Pendragon” written and directed by Sara Howells (2010)
“The Happiest Days of Your Life” by John Dighton, directed by Sara Howells 2008
When the Music department are staging our musical productions, the Drama department provides support in the form of technical and backstage crew under the direction of ‘WindsorTech’ who support the Performing Arts at Windsor Boys’. In addition the acting and movement of the productions are directed by Naomi Batten who teaches Drama. Other Extra Curricular activities include: Annual House Arts competition. Drama improvisation and script work performed by teams from the House system. Drama Studio plays. Recent productions include: “Hippolytus” by Sophocles, “Neville’s Island” by Tim Firth, “Jerusalem” by Jez Butterworth, “Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis” and “Oedipus” by Sophocles. Tech Club is an informal group of interested boys who meet Monday lunchtimes in the Drama Studio to develop their technical knowledge of lighting, sound & crewing and support the school performance calendar.
Email Sara Howells, Head of drama, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information