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There is no doubt that this year's production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was the highlight of my Merchiston career so far. The production has been a great opportunity to form friendships with both guys from Merchiston and with the girls from St George’s

Oscar Shell

Drama News

At Merchiston we want boys to develop a deep appreciation for all types of drama. We produce two large productions each year one in the senior school and one in the junior school. In recent years these have covered everything from modern tragedies to Shakespearean comedy to full-scale musicals.

We work in partnership with St. George’s school for girls. Each year boys can audition for and perform in the St. George’s production and girls from St. George’s perform in our production. Boys who want to pursue their interest in drama further can also participate in other groups beyond the school and we have had several boys each year involved with the Lyceum in Edinburgh amongst others.

Boys have the opportunity to get involved in all areas of the production: on stage, backstage, front of house, publicity, sound and lighting, helping with the direction and production. We encourage all boys to participate in the enormous team effort that goes into each production. In our recent production there were well over 40 students involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

We are very lucky to have our own dedicated and well-equipped theatre. This has allowed us to include high quality lighting, a full orchestra and special effects within our productions that put a level of professional polish on what we do. Special effects have included artificial snow, smoke effects, animatronics and pyrotechnics.

We also work with external groups such as “play in a day” to provide further events and specialised training in, for example, stage combat and dance.

Recent Senior productions

Year Production
2018 Disney Beauty and the Beast
2017 A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream
2016 The Importance of Being Earnest
2015 A View from the Bridge
2014 West Side Story
2013 Taming of the Shrew
2012 The Real Inspector Hound
2011 Of Mice and Men
2010 Grease
2009 Treasure Island

Recent Junior productions

Year Production
2018 Pirates of the Curry Bean
2017 Wind in the Willows
2016 Jungle Book
2015 Pinocchio
2014 The Boy Who Fell into a Book
2013 Jack and the Beanstalk
2012 Robin Hood
2011 Sir Spence and the Dragon
2010 The Wizard of Oz
2009 Hansel and Gretel

Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardised test scores, students who participate in drama often improve reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in class.