Boarding School, Scotland - Lathallan School


Music and Drama

All pupils, Senior and Junior are given the opportunity to perform at regular events and concerts. The Junior school have regular Friday morning music assemblies where they are invited to perform in front of their peers and parents.

At various points during the year other extra-curricular opportunities and projects are offered. Other extra curricular groups on offer include vocal groups/choir, ceilidh band, rock band and music ensemble. All pupils are encouraged to attend these activities, regardless of age, ability or experience, and in opening up music to all our pupils we strive to develop not only their musicianship but to nurture their sense of well-being.

An active Drama department has delighted Lathallan pupils and parents for many years, with fantastic productions of many ‘Shakespeare with a twist’ plays and modern musicals.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, set in 1981, was a recent Junior School Play. Punk fairies, a dastardly Prime Minister, strikers and star-crossed lovers in shoulder pads were the focus of this imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare's classic comedy. The Junior School, ably directed by Mr Page, performed to a very high standard 'in the round', which added a whole new dimension to the play.

The Senior School production of Grease, The Musical in 2014 was a fantastic production which sold out for three nights in a row, and receiving rapturous applause from parents, family and friends. Most recently, the Senior School performed the Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' set in the bohemian future and featured impressive video screen back drops and imagery.

Rehearsals, costume design, music and choreography had all taken months of hard work by the cast and crew, eager to produce unforgettable shows. Staff guided the pupils in music, script and dance, and this combined into one brilliant showpiece all of Lathallan were proud of.

Head Consul (2013-14), Neil Foster was especially involved with Drama at Lathallan School and has now progressed to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Neil credits the small drama class sizes and opportunities at Lathallan as having helped him understand his craft better.

Pupils whose interests lie in this area also have the opportunity to take additional lessons with a visiting specialist teacher leading to the examinations offered by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

We are also proud of Old Lathallian, Sophie Kennedy (1995 to 2000) who won a Scottish BAFTA for her performance in the Oscar winning film 'Philomena' starring Judi Dench.