Drama

Drama 1The Drama department is an engaging and vibrant area of the school. It boasts two drama studios equipped with professional lighting, sound and projection equipment to facilitate a range of teaching strategies and approaches to performance.

We aim to develop both a sense of depth and breadth in our teaching where, as one of the oldest subjects known to academia, we look to promote drama as an exciting and stimulating subject to study. It is a subject that stretches intellectual ability, challenges ways of seeing the world and increases the capacity to communicate ideas.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Drama 2Introduction to Drama skills Creating an Assembly Pantomime The manor House ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illustrations’ by Alan Ayckbourn commedia dell ‘Arte Evacuees

Year 8

  • Peforming a script
  • Melodrama
  • Greenall and Greynall
  • Mask

Year 9

‘Too much Punch for Judy’ by Mark Wheeler Fame and Celebrity Genre
‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell

Edexcel GCSE Drama

Year 10 Improvisation Projects Leather Jackets, Bikes and Birds Theatre In Education (professionally led workshop) Introducing Devised Drama Text into Performance (varied) Blood Brothers Set text exploration Portfolio Tasks

Year 11 Devised Drama Mock Exam The Mother – Improvisation Project – Portfolio Tasks Portfolio Tasks Preparation for Devised Drama Exam

AQA A-Level Drama

AS Response to live theatre seen during the course Study of set text Antigone Practical performance of an extract from a published play, links to chosen practitioner

A2 Study of set text The Servant of Two Masters Exploration of stage realisation of set text –The Trial. Group performance of devised drama, including developmental work and supporting notes.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Large-scale school production in collaboration with music department for 11-18yrs. Opportunities for acting, singing, dancing, set design, costumes, make-up, stage management, sound and lighting design.

Facilitation and active support for students own performance interests/needs – rehearsal rooms are always busy.

As part of the Theatre Studies course we arrange trips for the students to see a range of productions of varying styles throughout the year.

Staffing

  • Mrs S Allen
  • Miss C Moggridge – (Head of Drama)