Drama

Curriculum Leader: Mr D Hughes

Subject Leader(s):
D. Hughes (HUGHESD@sgsce.co.uk)

Fortnightly Lessons:
1 lesson

Homework:
1 homework per term

Year 7 Topics:
Darkwood Manor, Tv and Film, Myths and Legends

Year 8 Topics:
Blood Brothers, Shakespeare, and Devising

Year 9

Drama is included as part of the year 9 taster rotations

In years 10 and 11 students can opt to follow AQA GCSE Drama. During the course they examine a range of Drama and Theatre from a performance perspective. Plays are deconstructed, practically explored and performed in the evening to audiences of parents and friends. Recently performed texts include, ‘Curious incident of the dog in the Night time’, ‘Macbeth’, and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Students also have the opportunity to perform original devised work. Students also visit the professional theatre and study the production scene from a performance, design, and technical perspective. Having completed practical performance work students also sit a written examination on their study of Drama and Theatre. Practical application of acting as well as technical and design skills form the skills aspects of the course.

Drama A Level-AQA

Why study Drama A-Level?

We want our students to have an inspiring experience of studying Drama and Theatre whilst on this course which encourages practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through observing live theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and devise original performances. The study of Drama and Theatre encourages creative thinking and enables learners to explore the world around them whilst developing strong inter-personal and communication skills.

Content

Students study two set play texts from different periods of history. They will gain a detailed knowledge of theatre history and practitioners through practical exploration. Live theatre visits are an essential aspect of the course, and students are also encouraged to visit the theatre independently.

Students will work in groups to create original performances based on a stimulus, as well as perform extracts from a range of plays. Students will learn about key roles and theatrical terms in professional theatre, and will study all aspects of staging including set design, lighting, costumes and masks.

Assessment

  • Component 1: Text in Performance (40%) Written examination lasting 3 hours on two set texts studied, and an unseen extract from a play chosen by the examination board, as well as a theatre review on a live theatre performance
  • Component 2: Creating original drama (30%) Practical performance of theatre – one original devised piece and a written report to accompany the process.
  • Component 3: Making Theatre (30%) Practical performance and re-interpretation of a text influenced by a chosen theatre practitioner, with a creative logbook to accompany the process.

Texts studies currently-Hedda Gabler By Henrik Ibsen and Our Countries Good by Timberlake Weternbaker

Future courses and possible careers

University courses specialising in Drama, with or without English. Industry-standard training in Drama schools – Actors, Directors, Designers in Theatre, Film, TV and Radio. Community based arts work – prisons, schools, community centres, outreach and specialist needs. TV Presenters, media and communications, HR, social work and teaching. Any industry where highly effective communication skills, team work and self-confidence are required.