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We are the Drama Department at Culloden Academy. We love Drama. So should You.


Our S4 classes are extremely busy at the moment, preparing for the upcoming practical exam. We have a wide variety of performances this year – from comedic duologues to absurd theatre!

Ms Wallace’s classes spent the entire weekend in school rehearsing so a HUGE thank you and well done to them for committing their time and working so hard. It certainly seems to have paid off as performances are looking great! Here’s some photos of the groups performing ’17′ and ‘Be My Baby’.

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Ms Van Exan’s classes are in this weekend coming so best of luck to you all!

The exams are in 2 weeks time so we will certainly keep you posted with the progress and of course let you know how well everyone did – we have high hopes for this very strong year group!

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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized



Wednesday 12th March was the grand final of our annual performing arts competition, celebrating the life of our former pupil Roddy Stewart. As always, the standard was extremely high and it was certainly a very close competition.

Our judges this year were Roddy’s parents, Rhona and Alisdair Stewart, Brian Mitchell who some of you may remember as a music tutor in the school and our old favourite, Mr Jack Hoskins, who returned in full tweed attire reminding us of how much we miss having him around!

The finalists this year were split evenly between Music and Drama – Samantha Smith (S6) and Jack Reid (S5) both wrote and performed their own monologue while Ruth Gillies (S6) and Connor Vass Johnston (S5) composed their own songs that they played on acoustic guitar and sung.

In the end, the prize was awarded to the performer who the judges felt demonstrated the most potential for taking their skill further, with the judges saying they had visions of this performer selling out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – what a compliment!

So the winner of the RODDY STEWART MEMORIAL AWARD FOR 2014 is Jack Reid with his comedic monologue – a stand up in the making we think! Congratulations to all the performers and to Jack for his win! Have a look at the short video below if you missed it on the day!

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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Uncategorized





Boys and young men aged 11–22 from all across the Highlands are being offered the opportunity to develop their strength and endurance through a series of FREE, physically challenging, high energy dance theatre workshops. Hosted by world famous choreographer, Matthew Bourne’s company, New Adventures and it’s charitable education arm Re:Bourne, these workshops could lead to the unique opportunity of being selected to perform alongside the cast of professional dancers at Eden Court in the critically acclaimed adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

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This nationwide project has come to the Highlands to not only inspire, uncover and nurture existing talent but to challenge the stereotypes and break down barriers to male participation in dance. No previous dance experience is necessary. A workshop has been offered here at Culloden but we must get a reasonable number of performers to sign up – so what are you waiting for? See Ms Wallace or Ms Van Exan to register your interest for this amazing opportunity!

The open auditions for boys and young men aged 11–22 to appear alongside the professional cast in Lord of the Flies (at Eden Court from 28 – 31 May) will be held on Sunday 30 March at Eden Court and Saturday 12 April (venue TBC).
For further information regarding the workshops, the audition process, additional info etc. please email project co-ordinator Natali McCleary: or visit

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized



This term our S3 Drama students have taken a break from our devising and acting work to focus on backstage roles. Classes have looked at Sound and Lighting design – with the use of gobos causing much excitement! Costume design has been really fun and of course we’ve looked at everyone’s favourite, Make Up, with bullet wounds, cuts and scars a plenty!

Here’s a little taster of some of the wonderful set boxes that have been produced based on a variety of stimuli…

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Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized



National Theatre Live’s broadcast of Frankenstein is on at Eden Court until Monday 11th November and we REALLY think you should check it out!

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

You guys can get tickets for £10 – adults are £12. We are certain this is not to be missed! Check out the trailer below…

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized



In memory of our former pupil Roddy Stewart, we will be holding our annual Excellence in Performance Arts competition in January 2014. Applications will be accepted as of week beginning 4th November with a deadline for all entrants of Friday 13th December.

Applications are invited from S4-S6 pupils in all performance areas – music, drama, dance and prose. We are looking for a very high standard of creativity, originality and performance ability. If you feel you have something you would like to contribute to this poignant event, please pick up an application form from Mrs Johnstone, next door to Dr Vance.

If you have any questions or need some advice on appropriate pieces to present, please see Ms Wallace or Ms Van Exan who will be delighted to help. Or you can have a look at last years entrants for inspiration…

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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized




Both Ms Wallace and Ms Van Exan saw the most wonderful piece of theatre last week by Vox Motus Theatre Company, in collaboration with National Theatre. We’ve had Vox Motus in school running workhops before and have always loved their work.

This show in particular was a wonderful example of how to do drama without dialogue. The movement was beautiful, the transitions were slick, and the technical aspects of the show just brilliant. If it ever comes around again WE ARE GOING!!! Meantime, click on the link to check out the trailer and get an idea of how good it was!!!



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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized




This term, Culloden’s best performers were asked to put themselves forward for ‘Culloden’s Got Talent’ – a fundraising venture from the pupils who are volunteering in Tanzania next year.

After a week worth of heats and a Grand Final, the winner was crowned – Phoebe Heap and Beth MacKenzie!!! The girls played their own arrangement of lots of modern pop songs on guitar and sang along too. The girls won vouchers for Eden Court Theatre. Congrats!!!

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized



We are super excited that we’ve managed to book tickets for the National Theatre’s AMAZING production of ‘War Horse.’

War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.
Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.
Here is the trailer to give you an idea of what you will see…

The magnificent puppets are what really make this show spectacular – this fantastic video will give you an insight into the puppet process…

All S4 drama pupils are invited to join us on a road trip to Edinburgh in February next year to see this magnificent piece of theatre. Consent forms are now out and due back no later than Wednesday 2nd October. Don’t miss the deadline or you’ll miss the best piece of theatre in years!!!

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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized




Congratulations to former pupil Jessica Gallagher who has just been accepted into The Bridge, Theatre Training Company in London, to do a 2 Year Professional Acting Course.

Jessica completed both NPA Acting and Performance and Higher Drama here at Culloden, she performed in ‘Shakers’ and ‘His Dark Materials 2′ as No-Name the Harpie, not to mention various fundraisers and concerts.

A huge well done from everyone here at Culloden Jessica and the very best of luck!

Check out the link for more information on this theatre company…

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


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