Drama plays an important part in life at St Catherine’s, both on the timetable and as a very popular extra-curricular activity. You just cannot escape it!

Middle School Drama lessons from U3 to U4, GCSE Drama and A Level Theatre Studies as examination choices, LAMDA Speech and Drama as an extra-curricular option, an annual House Drama competition that everyone is involved in and Middle and Senior School productions. There is something for absolutely everyone!


Theatre Visits

Drama GCSE and Theatre Studies A Level students enjoy a number of theatre visits as part of their courses. Recent and imminent visits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time,  Frantic Assembly’s Things I know to be True, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Maggie Bain’s Man to Man.

Drama Department Staff


Laura Grizzelle-Lang: Head of Drama

  • Laura has worked at St Catherine’s since 2008. She completed her Drama Degree at Royal Holloway University of London, where she developed a keen interest in Directing, Greek Tragedy and Applied Drama. After this she began to pursue Drama in community contexts undertaking modules in Drama Therapy and conducted research at St Peter’s Hospital, Surrey. After University she spent 2 years working with local youth theatre companies and finally trained to be a Drama teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. During training she taught in both the State and Independent Sector. Since joining St Catherine’s she has taken on responsibility for the Middle School Production and directed Alice in Wonderland, The Ash Girl, A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Arabian Nights and more recently she co-directed The Sound of Music whilst Mady Lewis was on maternity leave. She has also developed and led the 6th form theatre group PULSE and their venture to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, from which they returned with a glowing 4* review for their production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Ash Girl. Email: laura.grizzelle-lang@stcatherines.info


Miss Tansy Parkinson

  • Tansy joined the St Catherine’s team in 2017 as the Director and Producer in residence, alongside teaching Drama. She studied Theatre and Performance studies at Warwick, before coming to the school. Her interests in theatre include theatre and social abjection, exilic theatre, Greek theatre and African theatre. She has always had a love for directing, having directed The Seven Stages of Grieving, The Great British Revue off, Just Words and Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular for the Warwick Arts centre in the past. Since coming to the school, Tansy has co-directed the middle school production of The Wind in the Willow’s (2017) and the Senior School production of The Crucible (2018) and was the lead director for the Whole School Production of Sister Act (2018). Tansy also pursues her directing career outside of the school having assistant directed ‘The Edit’ (Salisbury Playhouse, 2018) and Skin in the Game (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2019) during her holidays, alongside working as an Educational Practitioner and associate for companies such as Folio Theatre and 4Worlds Theatre Company. Email: tansy.parkinson@stcatherines.info

Mrs Katie Solly

  • In charge of LAMDA examination classes.  Katie studied French and Drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University and went on to train at Guildford School of Acting. She has worked professionally as an actress and has been running her own Youth Theatre group for the past 12 years where she both directs and teaches.  She has been teaching Speech and Drama privately and at Bedales for a number of years.  She still loves to act when she can and took part in the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival last year.  Email: Katie.Solly@stcatherines.info