Creative arts at Aiglon are pursued with equal enthusiasm outside lesson time. Fostering students’ creativity gives a huge boost to their sense of accomplishment and to their wellbeing.
Our students enjoy many opportunities to be both performers and audience-members. Internationally renowned practitioners – recently Marcello Magni of Complicite, and Neil Bettles of Frantic Assembly – visit and run workshops for students. Other areas of stagecraft taught by visiting professionals include choreography, lighting design and stage combat.
Roles in the annual school play – which in recent years have ranged from It’s a Wonderful Life to Animal Farm and Cabaret – are always prized by students, and the productions are a hotly anticipated fixture in Aiglon’s social calendar. The Junior School stages annual or biannual performances, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations and Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
Other aspects of the performing arts explored in extracurricular options include a Stand-up Comedy Club, and Centre Stage, a junior group for drama and musical theatre. And one-off events pop up to enliven Aiglon’s academic year, including a ‘lip dub’, a circus workshop, and a 24-hour play in which students collaborate to devise, rehearse, and stage a play from scratch over one day and night.
Music spills out of the classroom and into all areas of the school, as students and staff alike turn up their volume on personal passions from jazz and musical theatre, to rock and choral music. There is both a junior and senior choir, and even the Junior School has its own rock band.
Musical events are prominent in the extracurricular calendar all year round, from the Christmas carol service to the friendly but fierce competition of the House Shout.
The department also undertakes students off-campus to see notable performances, both locally and abroad, such as a recent excursion to London during which the Seniors took in musical theatre productions including Wicked and Once.
Students regularly get together to enjoy – or even participate in – an eclectic range of one-off cultural activities, from performances by professional musicians or mime artists, to student-led debates and presentations.