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Former Culloden Academy Drama student, Roddy MacDonald, has just completed his 2 year training course at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London….and has walked straight into his first performing job! Roddy has landed a contract at Disneyland Paris and will be heading out there in June until February 2016. A huge well done from all of us here at Culloden – we couldn’t be prouder! 

Look out for Roddy who will be making a very special return visit to Culloden Academy soon!!! 

Looking for drama training? 

People ask us all the time which drama school is the best. According to an article in The Stage, it is apparently The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

The truth is, there are lots of great drama schools but they won’t suit every individual. Do your research, visit the place, and get a feel for it. You’ll know what’s right for you!!! 

Hop on over to our Further Training page to have a look at what’s on offer in Scotland, England and around the world. 

Calling all film making enthusiasts! 

The BFI Film Academy is for students aged 16-19 and offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera. 

Last year twelve participants – including Culloden’s own Darren Paxton and Beatrice Gregg – went through this programme producing two short films that have since been screened in Scotland, California, Utah and Spain. How amazing is that?! You can watch the films that were made last year and also a behind the scenes documentary from the academy here:

Applications for this years academy – which takes place at Eden Court this summer – are open now at the link below.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15th June.  

A ‘Taster’ filmmaking workshop will take place at Eden Court on Saturday 13th June for interested participants who want to find out more before applying. 

Details here:



Are you aged 13-25 and passionate about the arts? Young Scot and Creative Scotland are looking for young people who can make a difference by becoming Arts Ambassadors. 

You’ll work within your local area to increase the profile of arts opportunities, and encourage improved access to the arts for young people of all backgrounds and ability.

This fantastic opportunity will offer you training and accreditation opportunities, develop confidence and communication skills, provide the opportunity to work with creative industry professionals and can increase employability. 

Interested??? The deadline for applications is June 8th so follow the link below for more information and to find the application form.

Art Department Poster Design 

The Music and Drama Department are staging ‘HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL’ in just a matter of weeks and we’ve enlisted the help of our Art Department for our poster design. After drafting in the help of lots of junior art classes, a small group of teachers judged the selection available and agreed that this design, by S2 pupil Kieran Swanson, was our winner!

poster design Hairspray


The posters will now be up around the school and out in the community so keep your eyes peeled and please help us to share this and keep spreading the word!

Tickets are available to book online at or you can call the school office on 01463 790851.

The Friday evening in particular is selling very quickly so get booking to ensure you get your seat!




Please note – the production notes from Sunday’s rehearsal are now live on the Members page. Please read through them all (there are lots but I’ve tried to be specific for individuals where possible) and do start making the changes we’ve asked for. These notes are to help you improve and give the best show possible so we expect to see a transformation on Sunday this week!

One final note – TICKETS!!! Need I say more?



Our fantastic Puppetry Club lead by Mrs Henderson is embarking on a tour of our feeder primaries which kicked off today!

They will visit 5 schools –  BALLOCH, CROY, CRADLEHALL, DUNCAN FORBES, SMITHTON – with 3 different shows – in 2 weeks! A huge commitment but one that will be hugely rewarding for all involved!

Here’s the gang proudly displaying their new ‘Company T-shirts’!

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Highers: We’re still looking for Pru books or monies from some of you. If you would like to keep your book with all the lovely memories (or indeed burn it…!) it’ll be £5. Otherwise, please return your book as soon as you can.

Naughty list as follows; Rhianna, Eilidh, Adam, Maya, Darren, Jack, Sandy, Hayden and Jorden.

Thank you!


Higher Drama Class of 2015 – it’s been an absolute blast. So long and thanks for all the memories, you amazing bunch of students! Fingers crossed for great results in August but no matter what, we are super proud of all that you have achieved this year! Kyra, Emily, Jorden, Caitlin, Katrina, Rhianna and Hayden…we’re sorry you couldn’t make it but do pop in sometime and pick up your awards!!! 



And we made it!!! Both practical and written elements are done and dusted…

so now all that’s left is to celebrate the end!

Calling all Higher Drama pupils!!!

You are invited to an end of year bash on Friday 1st May from 6pm – 8pm at

Velocity Cafe, Crown Avenue, Inverness (map at link below)

We will be providing snacks and refreshments as a thank you for all your hard work and will be organising a presentation of fun awards so dress to impress people! 

Can’t wait to see you all there!


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