With Simon Thompson (Teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies) & Dawn Finnerty (Teacher of Performing Arts)


Far East is a long standing Wednesday afternoon Enrichment activity at Paston for any student interested in ‘putting on a show’. This means if you wish you can be on stage performing or working behind the scenes on lighting, sound, design, photography, costume, or stage management. Usually this means one or two productions being put on each year and each company usually consists of 20 -30 students in these various roles.

Past productions performed in the College's own professional theatre space have included; a specially adapted production of Alice in Wonderland entitled ‘Who stole the Tarts’ this year and previously The Tempest, The Trial, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jungle Book, The Erpingham Camp, Living With Lady Macbeth, Waiting For Godot, Blooded and They Shoot Horses Don’t They to name but a few. Far East is run by a team of experienced professional practitioners in directing, acting, writing and all aspects of stage production who support students towards each production.

Performances are edited down to approx. one hour and in Far East we have a policy that anyone who wants to be a part of the company can be. All we ask in return is that once cast or allocated a role, each student commits 100% to the rehearsal, performance period and dates. We work as part of a production team in a mutually supportive atmosphere and ethos intent on making performance of the highest creative standard and fun.