Drama is an exciting, academic and practical subject, which encourages enquiry in other areas of the curriculum, from literature to philosophy, history to modern languages, science to PSHE.
Popular with all students, drama is a collaborative subject, which seeks to build interpersonal skills such as leadership and team loyalty, whilst also developing oracy, the ability to analyse and a keen understanding of the form, language and meaning of performance.
We develop collaborative work based clearly on the assessment objectives used at GCSE/BTEC and A Level to set the highest standards from the outset. Our initial work promotes confidence, fluency and inquiry. Work includes:
- Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’;
- Creative writing through Drama;
- ‘The Creature’: building on role play, creative exploration and suspension of disbelief;
- Working with other year groups on various creative projects.
Creativity, collaboration and artistic risk taking continue to be developed alongside the knowledge of what makes an impactful performer. Oracy skills are developed and refined. Work includes:
- ‘Macbeth’ (The Globe);
- ‘Flannan Isle’ (poem);
- ‘Lord of the Flies’.
This year marks the beginning of the BTEC foundation year; practical and written work is keenly challenging and students’ work becomes more sophisticated and eclectic. Work includes:
- Monologues and audition work;
- Crime and Punishment;
- Group ensemble work;
- Devising from a stimulus.
Year 10 & 11
Acting skillsComponent 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. Practitioners include: Frantic Assembly, Bertolt Brecht and Steven Berkoff.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting. Learners will interpret and apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance and review their own practice in detail.
Component 3: Performing to a Brief
The exam board will set learners a brief that they must interpret and respond creatively to. Learners will be working towards a final workshop performance whilst reviewing, reflecting and evaluating on the whole devising process and learning journey.
The brief is set in February of their final year.
The focus of all our work is based on unconditional mutual positive regard and respect for everyone to succeed to the best of their ability! We firmly believe that:
“A school without Drama is a school without a soul” (Peter Miller )
“Imagine what’s possible…”
“In Drama anything is possible!”
Where Can I Find Out More?
Point of contact:
Sharon GodfreyTeam Leader of Drama
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