"Why then, I'll fit you", Thomas Kyd, OMT, The Spanish Tragedy
Drama has a great tradition at MTS, the school of Thomas Kyd, John Webster and James Shirley and there are many ways in which you can become involved with drama at Merchant Taylors’ School: both as a curriculum subject and as an extra-curricular activity.
As an extra-curricular activity, you have opportunities throughout the year to act, direct or work back-stage.
Every year there are two major productions, one usually in the Great Hall (in alternate years a musical) and one in the Studio Theatre. At this time in recent years, we have mounted productions of such large shows as Guys and Dolls, Grease and more challenging drama including The Tempest, Loot, the Devils, the Club and Edward II. Shows are generally put on in conjunction with girls from St. Helen’s.
In the Spring Term, boys in the fourths and below are eligible for the Junior Production in the Studio Theatre. Recent productions include Kes and The Wind in the Willows.
Added to this there are two major drama competitions at school.
One is the House Drama Competition in October. For this competition the Senior boys will choose, direct and produce a short play that boys in the Divisions year and below (Years 7-10) will act in.
The other is the annual Senior and Junior Duologues Competition, held every February; you and a friend choose, direct and perform a piece of your own for an external adjudicator.