Performing arts

At Abbotsleigh, the performing arts are a way to channel and grow the creative energy that lies within each individual. From drama and debating to modern dance, each girl is encouraged to express herself through creative mediums.

Creative expression and imagination are utilised through Abbotsleigh’s drama programs. Each year, girls in the Junior and Senior Schools audition for productions, showcasing the diversity of talent from dramatic performance to musical theatre.

Senior School drama activities are held in the Drama Studio, and other performance spaces include the Peter Duly Concert Hall and Assembly Hall.

AbbLib, a form of theatresports, has become a popular event for Middle School girls to test their spontaneity, teamwork and risk taking skills. Girls with an interest in theatresports can enter regional and state competitions through AbbSchool programs.

Persuasive speaking and entertaining delivery skills are developed through our strong debating and public speaking cocurricular activities. Abbotsleigh regularly enters teams into the ISDA and Archdale debating competition, and also participates in the annual AHIGS Festival of Speech. 

Dance transcends the boundaries of language and culture and girls from all ages and backgrounds enthusiastically participate in our cocurricular lessons. Practice and precision have led our dance teams to huge success in various local, national and international eisteddfods and showcases.