Being able to perform confidently in public is critically important, so we provide as many opportunities as possible to children at Beeston.
We produce five shows every year involving all the different age groups; from the junior Nativity to senior drama productions such as Mary Poppins, Y6 Monologue and Dualogue improvisations, and the annual whole-school musical production in the Michaelmas Term.
In conjunction with our Design and Technology and Art departments, pupils also design and build the props, scenery and production themselves. The pressure is always on, the logistics demanding, but the shows always go on! Recent productions include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Living with Lady Macbeth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz and Oliver!
Theatre productions at Beeston are eagerly anticipated, all-inclusive and embracing. Everyone takes part, whether it’s lighting and sound management, make-up design, front of house, or acting itself, there are so many opportunities for each child to find their role and strengths, developing new skills and building confidence and self-esteem along the way.
David Lloyd-Peck, Head of Drama
I joined Beeston nine years ago, having previously worked in production for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the ‘Theatre Royal Arts Courses’ for ten years whilst also working for a time as a professional actor in the UK and abroad. I have directed over 25 productions at Beeston Hall School. I love seeing children involved in the full spectrum of what Theatre can offer – from the craft of drama and performance related work to designing sets, costumes, props, looking at how lighting works and other allied skills.
In my spare time I enjoy rowing, renovating, fire breathing and spending time with my wife and twins, who also attend the school.