Drama

Head of Department: Mr L Jones

“Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.”
Jude Kelly (theatre director and founder of Metal)

Department Introduction

The aim of the subject is to increase students’ ability to express themselves, be creative, and ultimately become more confident as public speakers and performers. Students learn how to work co-operatively and expressively in a range of ways enabling them to develop life-long skills in leadership, presenting and teamwork.

We have excellent facilities for learning, which consist of a Drama Studio space for intimate performance work, and the Bay Theatre with a full lighting rig and sound system for rehearsals and public performances. The department comprises of two full-time subject specialists.

Drama is an exciting, practical subject which is taught throughout the school, from year 7 to year 13 where it is known as Performing Arts. All students in Year 7/8 have 1 Drama lesson per week, alternating with Dance throughout the year. Students then can opt for Drama in Year 9 and KS4/5.

Courses

KS3 lessons are focused on giving students the foundation skills for theatre performance, as well as giving them a breath of theatrical experiences through a variety of genres, practitioners and texts.

Year 7 Units:

  • Mime and Silent Movie
  • Greek Chorus
  • Improvisation

Year 8 Units:

  • Melodrama
  • Voice and Puppets
  • Status

Year 9:

  • 2 lessons per week throughout the year
  • Units of work include: Narrative techniques, Tension texts, Physical Theatre, Blood Brothers


GCSE Drama (WJEC board) consists of three components:

  • Component 1 is Devising Theatre in groups
    - Assessed through practical rehearsal, performance, written evaluation and audio/visual presentation.
  • Component 2 is Text in Performance – a group performance of two extracts from a scripted play.
    - Assessed through a practical performance attended by external examiner
  • Component 3 is a written exam based on a studied set play and a live performance seen on the course.

Click here for exam board information on GCSE Drama


Years 12/13

  • Two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma courses in Acting are offered at KS5 (60 credit and 90 credit)
  • These are two year courses run by Edexcel
  • The 90 Credit course is run alongside The Arts Award for students to gain further qualifications and UCAS points
  • Students get 6 lessons per week
  • Units include: Principles of Acting, Devising for Theatre, Theatre in Education, Devising Physical Theatre, Performing for an Audience and Monologues.

Click here for exam board information on BTEC Drama

 

Enrichment

All our drama students are encouraged to develop their skills by taking up an extra-curricular activity. These include:

  • Drama Showcase / Biannual School Musical –end of year showcase event for all year groups
  • Junior Theatre Company – For Years 7-9
  • Expert Theatre companies ‘Façade’ and ‘The Maniacals’ – Performing in various events in the year
  • The Ridiculous Shakespeare company –open to all -performing comic versions of stories and Shakespeare plays
  • GCSE/BTEC support groups

Our students also take part in the following events:

  • Theatre visits (at least 6 per year)
  • Professional Workshops
  • Visiting Theatre Companies
  • Visits to Universities to work with students and practitioners
  • Assembly performances
  • Seasonal Productions
  • Open evening
  • Inspire Arts Project

Drama Clubs for 2016-2017

Day

LUNCH TIME

12.45pm

 PLACE

AFTER SCHOOL

3.30pm

PLACE

Monday

DRAMA SUPPORT (LJ, KS)

Arts Award Support (ED)

Theatre

STAGE CREW (term 2, ED)

DRAMA INDEPENDENT REHEARSAL

Theatre/studio

Tuesday

 

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‘Façade’ Mask Company

( KS )

 

Drama studio

Wednesday

 

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DRAMA COMPANY

(LJ)

Theatre

Thursday

RIDICULOUS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (JP LJ)

Theatre

Junior Drama Company

Yrs 7 – 9 ( LJ KS )

Theatre

Friday

FAÇADE (TERM 1, KS)

DRAMA SUPPORT (LJ)

DRAMA STUDIO

Theatre

Independent Rehearsal

 

Theatre