Drama

 ‘The theatre… is the art of reflecting reality’  C. Stanislavski

The aims of the Drama Department

  • To nurture an interest in the creating, exploring and performing imaginatively
  • Introduce them to broad range of techniques and skills
  • Engage the pupils desire to explore real relationships and interaction by guiding their exploration.
  • Support their acquisition of skills and techniques and further their development of them.
  • Capture and develop their imagination and draw upon the knowledge they come to the class room with
  • Challenge their boundaries, by creating a safe and trusting environment
  • Encourage the pupils to take further risks in their exploration and performance.

Drama education involves the exploring and gaining insights into the nature of real life. Within drama we:

  • Allow them to Respond to text, stimulus, themes or issues by employing explorative Strategies
  • Aim to Develop their understanding of a section of the text, stimulus, themes and issues using strategies, elements and the medium of Drama
  • Will enable them to Evaluate the work of themselves and others throughout the assessment.

Why study Drama?

Drama is all about exploring, discovery, creativity and communicating your ideas practically.  It allows you to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and experience their life and responses. The study of drama alongside your other subjects is a real asset as it offers opportunity to express yourself practically and creatively. Drama offers the opportunity to acquire and develop many skills you will use beyond the classroom. You develop your ability to think creatively, work as a team, research negotiate, organise and present in a confident and assured way. Through the study of different skills, response to different stimuli and exploring different historical traditions of theatre you will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of how to create and present your ideas with others.

You will be given opportunities to interpret your own and others' drama and present these practically. You will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on you own and others’ performances. Within the lessons you acquire new skills and expand your knowledge of drama and the exercise of the imagination. Drama promotes practical exploration of the given ideas, involvement in the process of creation and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for you to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. 

Drama is not an easy option and pushes you to take risks and work independently to discover your answers. Throughout you will be reflecting to ensure you are able to take the next step. The study of drama is exciting, creative and often fun. You will build your confidence as you work with others to create presentation using effective skills. You will develop your ability to be self-disciplined and ability to present ideas showing imagination and receive analysis to take the next step. You will also be used to working in a team and have developed research skills.

KS3

The drama curriculum involves the exploring and gaining insights into the nature of real life and the application and development of life skills. By the end of KS3 we want the pupils to be successful learners with knowledge, ability and confidence to form develop ideas and understand the foundation of drama. They will explore new ideas and consider choices that will be made within the safe environment.

 Within drama we aim to allow pupils to:

  • Respond to text, stimulus, themes or issues by employing explorative Strategies
  • Develop their understanding of a section of the text, stimulus, themes and issues using strategies, elements and the medium of Drama
  • Present their understanding and use of the medium of drama – using appropriate techniques and demonstrating effective
  • Evaluate the work of themselves and others throughout the assessment.

All schemes of Learning incorporate the acquisition and development of drama techniques and skills.

These are the current titles of the Schemes we teach over the year.

Yr

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

7

Introduction to drama

Dark ton

Greek theatre

Max

Spies, stories & Humpty

Commedia dell Arte

8

Evacuees

Script Exploration

Medieval Theatre

Superhero’s

Fame and Celebrity

Characterisation

9

Urban Myths

Skool life

Dilemmas

The missing girl

The art of communication

Sript exploration

BTEC Performing Arts

The course is an enjoyable hands on opportunity to develop the students ability as a performer and developing their understanding of an ever growing industry through the and the acquisition of transferable vocational skills. The course will develop the student’s skills as a performer and their knowledge of the Performing Arts industry. They will be investigating, researching and developing and presenting performances.

We cover the following units during the course

Individual Showcase (CORE)

Preparation, Performance and Production (CORE)

Acting Skill (Mandatory)

The Performing Arts Industry(Mandatory)

Performing Scripted Plays

Devising Performance

Voice and Speech for Performers

 

KS4 – GCSE (WJEC Drama)

Within the course you acquire new skills and expand your knowledge of drama and the exercise of the imagination. Drama promotes your involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for you to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

Along side the development of you as a performer, devisor and director drama aids your personal growth, self confidence, ability to communicate, team work and analytical skills. It is an exciting and enjoyable course where you can let your imagination go wild and express yourself practically. All written work is connected to this practical exploration and aids your ability as a performer. You will be given opportunities to interpret your own and others' drama and present these practically. You will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on you own and others’ performances.

In the first year you will develop needed skills devising presentation in response to themes and issues and present a published play. You will be expected to complete written tasks to log the process, analyse set texts and evaluate the work created.

Within the course there are 3 units. Unit 1 your will devise a practical performance based on a theme and written reflection and evaluation of the performance. Unit 2 is a performance of a published play. Unit 3 is a written exam where you will analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and evaluate your practical work completed in Unit 2.

KS5 –  AS & A-Level (Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies)

On the course we explore and develop your skills as an actor and director in breathing life into a play. You will be shown the wonderful diversity in theatre and will learn to analyse, interpret and create imaginative, stylish and effective theatre, whilst increasingly becoming a competent theatre practitioner. While this A level is rigorously academic, it is essentially practical and offers a unique approach to learning. It is an active and creative course which aims to nurture your enthusiasm for and interest in theatre, both as an audience member and as a participant. Through the study of different play texts, practitioners and the history of theatre, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical understanding to take the page to the stage. You will produce explorative notes analysing the process and demonstrating your theoretical understanding

Drama and Theatre Studies develops your ability to analyse situations, read people, build your confidence and improve your ability to present to an audience. The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in equal measure Drama gives you the freedom to be creative and experiment working with others to expand ideas, make new discoveries and taking risks to create effective and original performance.

Extra-Curricular

We offer every opportunity for Pupils to get involved in drama beyond the classroom. We have an annual School Production with music of a musical. Previous productions have included Hairspray and We Will Rock You.  We have also been involved in The National Theatre Connection project producing a new production of a new play both in school and at a professional theatre. We run drama clubs at lunchtime for all year groups and present this work within a winter and summer showcase. We also run support sessions for those studying drama at KS4 and 5. We present the exam work to an audience prior to their exam. 

We also offer pupils the opportunity to experience live performance organising regular trips the theatre including productions in the West End and Local theatres especially those productions at Redbridge Drama Centre.

Future Pathways

Students who have studied Drama are ideally suited to pursue careers in a wide range of areas. The study of drama is an excellent preparation for a degree in Drama or Drama School training; however, the skills developed through this course are relevant to many different academic and professional areas. It combines well with other Arts, Humanities and English.  Drama offers the opportunity to acquire and develop skills many universities and employers look for. It can give you the edge and setting you apart from other candidates by demonstrating you have a diverse range of skills.


 

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