Ipswich School offers extra-curricular drama and dance as a great way to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, develop confidence and perform in front of an audience. Pupils can choose to join a club or take part in one of the four to five productions that take place each year. The productions in 2008-2009 were:
- Lower School - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Middle School - Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy
- Middle/Senior - Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
- Year 12 - Loves Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
- Year 13 - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The popular Lower School Play always has a large cast and gives pupils a chance to work with others outside their own tutor group. By the time pupils reach Year 13 they are asked to draw upon their past drama experiences and take responsibility for their own performance. They form their own production company, appoint a director and choose the play. If pupils prefer to work back stage, then they can get involved in the technical aspects of theatre: lighting, sound, costumes, makeup or set design.
The Drama department provides two extra-curricular clubs for pupils of all ages. Dance Club meets once a week where pupils explore a variety of dance styles from street to contemporary dance. The club has featured in many productions and concerts and there are always new projects being planned. Lower School Drama Club is extremely popular, meeting once a week to explore scripts, poems, pictures, music and themes through the drama medium.