10. Drama Centre
This modern, purpose-built facility was officially opened in February 1998 in conjunction with the Information Technology Centre. The location of the site proved somewhat challenging. However, under the careful guidance of Integrated Construction Management Services and architects from Collard Clarke and Jackson, a functional and attractive building was realised.
The Centre’s main feature is a large performance space which includes specialist lighting and sound equipment and seats up to 100 guests. There are three smaller studios on the lower floor while upstairs there is a full-size, professional dance studio. Before the construction of the centre, a modest drama space was located in a multi-purpose wing, opposite the existing Music Centre, which was demolished to make way for the quadrangle.
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Adjacent to the building is an outdoor amphitheatre which provides an additional performance space and outside classroom for when the weather is fine. During the summer months, drama students are able to showcase their talents with early evening performances.
The Drama Centre has hosted major productions including The Breakfast Club and The Importance of Being Ernest along with regular ‘Summer Shorts’ and ‘Autumn Shorts’ – series’ of short plays performed by Year 7 and 8 girls and directed by Senior students.
During school holidays, the space is regularly hired out to external performing arts organisations such as graduates of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) who conduct drama classes for up and coming actors, including our own students.