The Year 7 Drama programme introduces students to some of the basic skills. They develop their creativity and learn about physical theatre and script work. This provides them with a broad grounding in the subject.
In Year 8 the students continue the skill development begun the previous year. They investigate in more depth the idea of characterisation and learn more specific skills such as mask work and stage combat.
Students study a fusion of dance and drama techniques throughout Year 9, developing skills previously acquired in Years 7 & 8. Students explore what it is really like to work on a piece of theatre that combines several different elements.
In the topic ‘WW1’ during gain the opportunity to learn, and develop a set motif based on the stimulus of being in the ‘Trenches’. Students will also gain the opportunity to look at the technical aspects of working within the theatre, by learning how to put together a small production.
In the topic ‘The Accordion Shop’ students gain the opportunity to work with scripts and further develop their understanding of what makes a successful production.
During the two year course students gain a deeper understanding of performing arts. The course is made up of three components
Exploring the Performing Arts: get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional actor. This is an internally assessed assignments.
Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts: develop skills and techniques. This is an internally assessed assignments.
Performing to a Brief: considering how a practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts and put this into practice in a performance. This is an externally assessed task.
Drama and Theatre Studies
In the final year of A Level Drama and Theatre Studies the students have to complete two units. The first involves them working as a group to create their own original piece of drama which they perform to an audience of their choice. Their achievements in this is recorded in a 3500 word written response. The second unit is the written exam which takes place in May. For this they must write about a live performance of one of Shakespeare's play and answer directing questions on the set text 'Woyzeck'.