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.
Ben Woodward, Head of Drama
BTEC, Foundation Degree
I joined Beeston in September 2022. I have been teaching Performing Arts for the past 10 years. After training in Musical Theatre at the prestigious BRIT School and Urdang Academy in London, I went on to perform around the country and across Europe. I am also the co-owner of Triple Threat Stage School.
As well as teaching Drama, you will find me directing, choreographing and occasionally singing. I am a regular choreographer for Sheringham Little Theatre Pantomime and I am also the Director of the award winning Fairground Frights at Great Yarmouth Pleasure.
“The transformation I get to witness in student’s confidence and performance ability astounds me weekly. To work in an environment that values theatre to a high regard is refreshing and rewarding. The zest Beeston students have for the arts is a breath of fresh air and the quality of what they produce on all theatrical levels is fantastic”.