Drama / Theatre Studies
Head of Department: Mrs S Rose
The Drama Department aims to encourage students to express their ideas through discussion, creative exploration, team work and evaluation. Students are encouraged to “put themselves in someone else’s shoes” as well as exploring different ways of conveying meaning. Just as in Art there are different mediums used to create a piece of work, in drama there are different ways of presenting a performance piece. We aim to encourage students to use these skills in the storytelling to communicate with an audience, linking these to skills they may require in the future world of work.
- We visit the theatre at least once during the academic year as well as inviting in to school performance practitioners to work with the students e.g. Frantic assembly, Theatre Centre.
- Drama Club and School Performances
I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone. (Maggie Smith)
Years 7, 8 and 9
Year 7: Students are introduced to different drama skills and techniques and how to apply them to a piece of performance work; they develop a piece of theatre based on The Pardoner’s Tale by Chaucer, applying the skills they have acquired. This year in Term 5 and 6 we have introduced Mask work to support the study of Commedia del’arte, which they will study in Year 8
Year 8: Students undertake a variety of topics which aim to reinforce and build on the skills that they learnt in Year 7. They explore Shakespeare’s The Tempest and all take part in the Drama Challenge competing in teams to win points for their house. Finally, they will study either Commedia del’arte, an Italian Drama Form, or a poem The Identification that requires students to look at relationships between parents, teachers and child and how certain behaviour and choices can lead to tragic events.
Year 9: Students explore the play version of Lord of the Flies which many students will go on to study in GCSE English. Students focus on devising skills, considering how important different techniques are in communicating with an audience. This reinforces skills that could be required in the works place: Presentation, team work, problem solving, communication skills, use of voice and body language.
Link to national curriculum page: Drama is taught as a discreet subject, however our scheme of work links to the requirements of the English National Curriculum for KS3 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381754/SECONDARY_national_curriculum.pdf
GCSE: Years 10 and 11
In year 10 Students undertake activities which aim to develop and strengthen their skills in Devising, developing and performing characters, evaluating performances and stage craft in preparation for assessments and examinations in year 11. There is a written mock exam in March as well as performance assessments which take place in lessons.
In year 11 Students work towards their assessments . Which are:
- Devised drama with portfolio
- Performance to visiting examiner of one monologue, one group piece
Written examination (External Exams)
There are performances to friends and family as well as visits to the theatre to prepare for the written exam. The set text is DNA by Dennis Kelly
Exam Board: Exdecel
A Level: Years 12 and 13
Qualifications needed: GSCE Drama preferable but not essential, Minimum Grade 6 in English
The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course includes three components which consists of Devising, Exploring Text in Performance, both as a performer or designer, and a written paper showing understanding of a set text from the view of the director as well as an evaluation of a live play from
Component 1: Devising (40% of A Level)
As a performer or designer you will create and develop an original piece of drama using a key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as a stimulus.
Performance 20 Marks
Written Portfolio 60 Marks
Component 2: Text in Performance (20% of the A Level)
As a performer or designer you will work in a group to create a performance of one key extract from a performance text. You will also create a monologue or duologue of one key extract from a different text.
Group performance 36 Marks
Monologue or duologue 24 marks
Component 3: Written Exam Paper (40% of the A Level)
The written exam is divided in to three sections and is 2 hours and 30 minutes
Section A Live Theatre Evaluation 20 Marks
Section B Page to Stage: Realising a performance Text 36 Marks
Section C Interpreting a Performance Text 24 Marks
Exam board: Edexcel
- This course includes the development of performance skills and stagecraft. Students should aim to take advantage of school plays and outside drama opportunities to extend their experience. They should also see as much theatre as possible, including any chargeable trips which are organised by the school.
- Furthermore students can go on to Drama School or University to develop a variety of skills, including performance, lighting, design, directing and creative writing. However, the presentation, communication, and teamwork skills developed are relevant in any career and Universities recognise that studying Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level are beneficial in many vocations including Law, Medicine and Business to name a few.