Key Stage 3
Students have one 100 minute lesson per fortnight throughout Years 7-9. We cover a wide range of techniques within a range of schemes of work. These schemes may be based on short stories, novels and plays as well as from film, photographs or a thematic approach. Students learn to co-operate with others, communicate with confidence, participate in discussion and work creatively. Emphasis is placed as much on the development of the piece as on the performance. The techniques covered become more advanced each year to prepare students fully for our GCSE course in Drama.
In Drama, students work in an exciting, engaging and creative way whilst developing confidence and strong communication skills.
At GCSE students build up their knowledge of techniques such as role-play, thought-tracking, cross-cutting and monologue using a variety of stimuli including scripts, novels, pictures and news stories. The course provides an equal blend of practical and theory based study with practical explorations of texts such as Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers and John Godber’s Teechers.
Students are graded by their input into devising workshops and the realisation of an original piece of Drama, group performances or monologues and duologues to an examiner as well as a final written exam which will assess their knowledge and understanding of dramatic effect and characterisation in performance.
Coursework will take the form of a portfolio, which documents and compliments the devising process through to final production. Students will be able to experience live theatre and practice their review skills following a trip to the see a stage show.
A LEVEL DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES
In A Level Drama and Theatre, students work in a creative context to engage and develop communication and interpretation skills.
Over the two year course students will be exposed to a wide range of Drama and Theatre and will learn about a variety of theatre practitioners including Brecht, Stanislavski, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly and Artaud through a series of practical and theory based workshops. This will inform their practical work and contribute directly towards the devising unit as well as inform decisions and choices made for the written exam.
Coursework will take the form of a portfolio, which documents and compliments the devising process through to final production. Students look at textual analysis and will study plays such as, ‘Equus’ by Peter Shaffer and ‘Dr Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe.
They will be assessed through their realisation of these plays in preparation for a written response as a director. Students will also a complete a live theatre review following a visit to see a play. Students will complete an assessed monologue or duologue, as well as a group performance to a visiting examiner.
Component 1 - Devising 40%
Component 2 - Text in Performance 20%
Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice 40%
Many of our Drama students go on to study acting courses or Drama degrees at University.
The Drama department produces two school productions each year. These include the Upper School Production, involving years 10-13 and the Lower School Production involving years 7-9. Auditions for these events are well advertised – look out for posters around the school! There are also opportunities to become involved in the technical aspects of the shows or work backstage on costume etc.