Drama has a major role to play in the wider education of students at Blue Coat; some students may go on to pursue careers in the theatre, but for the majority of students involved in drama at the school, the broader skills encouraged by this subject serve as an excellent complement to other subjects in the curriculum. There is a full programme of production and presentation throughout the year with many opportunities to participate. Past productions have included Grease, The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Oliver!, The Real Inspector Hound, Antigone, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Canterbury Tales, Blood Brothers and Hamlet, amongst others.
Participation in drama productions and regular visits to the theatre are expected from all drama students. In the Lower School, pupils work through an enjoyable programme of mime, movement, role play, improvisation and storytelling. This is designed to instil self confidence, oral ability and team work, as well as to stimulate the imagination and creativity. Examination courses are concerned with the skills and techniques of presenting drama, and include voice work, role play, improvisation and the skills of acting and directing, as well as a study of the more technical disciplines of lighting, sound and make-up. Classes are taught in the Drama Studio and performances take place in Way Hall on a versatile stage with a full lighting rig.