West Buckland students have many opportunities to enjoy drama, both within the curriculum and as part of our performing arts programme.

Curriculum Drama

All pupils have drama lessons in Years 7 and 8; drama then becomes an option for pupils in Y9-11. Drama is a thriving subject at GCSE; for more information on curriculum drama please visit the academic page.

Speech and Drama

A large number of pupils also have individual and small group speech and drama lessons which prepare them for LAMDA and Vanguard examinations, and participation in the North Devon Festival.

Productions and Performances

Our established pattern of productions provides every year group with opportunities to perform in front of an audience. Creative Zone, involving pupils throughout the school, culminates in a show in the Summer Term. There are opportunities for Junior pupils (Years 7-9) to be involved in performing musicals and a wide variety of plays. Each year there is a senior school production for performers in years 10-13, while there are additional opportunities to perform in Dramarama, when a number of one act plays provide a vehicle for a larger number of performers to get involved.

Since 2008, there have been biennial musical productions performed at The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, to give pupils the opportunity to work in a professional theatre both on stage and back stage. The productions of West Side Story, Les Misérables, We Will Rock You and most recently Fiddler on the Roof drew much critical acclaim, drawing on the strengths of both performing drama and the talent of our many musicians and singers.

Recent productions have included:

  • The Crucible
  • An Inspector Calls
  • We Will Rock You
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Les Misérables
  • West Side Story
  • Fiddler on the Roof


The opening of the 150 Theatre in April 2010 has provided a fantastic facility for performances and activities of a huge variety. The advanced technical capacity of this theatre allows pupils with an interest in production to develop these skills, adding tremendously to the overall experience enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. The theatre also provides a flexible space for drama and dance lessons as well as an assembly hall and lecture venue.