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Drama

Staff

Miss Sinead Jackson (Head of Department)
Mrs Laura Collins


Key Stage 3

 

The KS3 drama curriculum has been carefully designed to inspire creativity and to help all students develop personal and communicative skills. Each lesson provides opportunities for students to make and understand theatre, recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. The students explore three main theatrical areas: The Physical Actor, Developing Character and Exploring Scripted Text. Some of the skills and knowledge students will explore and understand are:

 

  • The social, cultural and historical context of theatre scripts, themes and/or a range of stimuli.

  • Working collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.

  • Development of vocal and physical interpretations of a range of characters.

  • Contribution as an individual to a theatrical performance.

  • Analysis and evaluation of the process of creating live theatre.

 

Key Stage 4
Exam Board: CCEA

 

The College offers students the option to study Drama at G.C.S.E. The course offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of theatre.  Drama engages and encourages students to become confident performers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. 

 

Students will learn:

  • The social, cultural and historical context in which chosen performance texts are studied and set

  • The theatrical conventions of the period in which the chosen performance texts studied were created

  • The process of creating devised drama

  • Character motivation and interaction

  • Performance conventions

  • The use of performance space and spatial relationships on stage

  • Actor and audience configuration

  • Relationships between performers and audience

  • Vocal interpretation of character such as accent, volume, pitch, timing, pace, intonation, emotional range, delivery of lines

  • Physical interpretation of character such as build, facial features, movement, posture, gesture and facial expressions

 

Post 16
Exam Board: WJEC

 

Students may choose to study Drama and Theatre Studies at ‘AS’ Level and at 'A' Level. Students are able to explore intellectual, social, physical, emotional and moral domains through learning that involves thought, feeling and action. A Level Drama fosters self discipline, confidence and team work and develops skills in interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making. The course provides an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. It enables students to acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.

 

This qualification can be used as part of the entry requirement into other subject areas and by those wishing to pursue any career that involves communication and people-oriented skills.

 

Enrichment/Extra-curricular

 

The College has long enjoyed the reputation of being a centre of dramatic excellence. We view the College production as a whole school celebration of our talents and choose material that both enables and challenges our students. Previous productions include "Les Misérables", "School of Rock", “The Sound of Music” and “Evita.”

 

The most recent production was “Back to the 80’s.”

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