The Rutland Children’s Drama Festival

Providing Drama for Children

Children's Drama Programme
Free performances throughout the year, tickets and transport paid for by the Windmill Trust

Workshops and Writing Classes
Practical sessions with professionals to develop new acting skills

The Rutland Children's Drama Festival
Get your school or drama group performing in Uppingham Theatre

The festival, which began in 2014, is the second stage of the Rutland Children’s Theatre Project. It is a celebration of theatre, not a competition.

Each school group creates a play on a given theme, to perform to an audience of children, parents and local people. In addition to writing and acting, children get involved in lighting, sound, stage management, as well as creating music, props, posters and programmes for their shows.

Uppingham Theatre staff help them realise their ideas, and they perform in Uppingham Theatre’s main auditorium, using all its professional level technical facilities. All this is provided free of charge by Uppingham School.
2014: Where the Wild Things Are - Meetings with Animals
Six schools took part in the first festival:
  • Brooke Hill Academy
  • Brooke Priory School
  • Edith Weston Primary School
  • Leighfield Academy
  • North Luffenham Primary School
  • Uppingham CofE Primary
The theme was ‘Where the Wild Things Are – Meetings with Animals’. The results were fantastic! All the schools created exciting, lively and original pieces of drama which they presented skilfully and without forgetting their lines! There were some outlandish beasts, incredibly imaginative scenarios and dramatic effects…
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2016: Visitors from Elsewhere
The festival toook place on Thursday June 16th and seven schools took part:
  • Brooke Hill Academy
  • Brooke Priory School
  • Edith Weston Primary School
  • Leighfield Academy, Uppingham
  • North Luffenham Primary School
  • Uppingham CofE Primary
  • Whissendine Primary School
The theme ‘Visitors from Elsewhere’ inspired an amazing variety of ideas. Settings included the Amazon Jungle, England during the Second World War, a television newsroom and an ambitious Shakespearean fantasy, and Whissendine presented the first musical, an ingenious reworking of the Broadway hit Little Shop of Horrors.

Click here to see photographs of all schools’ 2016 performances
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