Drama

At Rufford Park we aim to provide outstanding opportunities for all our children to participate in large-scale drama productions both on-site and in professional theatres.

We regularly participate in two Shakespeare festivals - Primary Players at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square.

In addition to this, we put on separate Christmas productions every December for Reception/KS1 and KS2, and a Year 6 Leavers' Show in July. We have an active after-school Drama Club - free to all - to support children in the run-up to performances.

 

CLICK BELOW FOR PICTURES OF PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard III
West Yorkshire Playhouse, July 2016
Year 4 returned to the Primary Players Shakespeare Festival, performing the opening and closing scenes of Richard III. This was our biggest audience to date, with 600 parents and paying members of the public coming to watch us on the huge Quarry Stage - as we teamed up with over 200 children from schools across Leeds.

 

Romeo and Juliet
Carriageworks Theatre, October 2015

For our fourth production for the Shakespeare Schools Festival, our Year 5/6 Drama Club attempted a modern jazz theme with several
big dance numbers and percussion instruments for the fight scenes. With an experienced cast, this was our most ambitious project to date - and we followed up with an additional performance at Benton Park High School.

 

Macbeth
West Yorkshire Playhouse, July 2015

Beech Tree Class had the rare privilege of performing Macbeth on the West Yorkshire Playhouse's spectacular Quarry Stage. The Primary Players Shakespeare Festival was a unique collaboration with 200 children from schools across Leeds, and our young actors received expert weekly training from Playhouse staff, as well as a free after-school Drama Club.

 

Julius Caesar
Carriageworks Theatre, October 2014

Oak Tree Class gave a dazzling performance of Julius Caesar in front of 350 parents and members of the public at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square. The production took six months to plan and rehearse, and was part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival - the biggest youth drama festival in the UK.

 

 

Twelfth Night
West Yorkshire Playhouse, July 2014

Year 5 gave a fantastic performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with over 100 children from other schools as part of the inaugural Primary Players Shakespeare Festival. Our young actors rehearsed for several months, receiving expert coaching from Playhouse staff - including a surprise visit from a real-life version of Viola!

 

 

Hamlet
Bradford Alhambra Studio, November 2013

Our first performance at the Alhambra Studio in Bradford, Year 6 performed the most famous play in the English language as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.