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Drama

The Drama department aims to deliver a cohesive and well-rounded programme which puts our students’ personal development at the centre of our curriculum. Our passionate and dedicated teaching staff offer students the very best academic support and extra-curricular opportunities which include concerts, whole-school productions and visits to live performances.

Our emphasis is very much on practical-based learning underpinned with a sound theoretical and contextual understanding.  We believe this helps students to not only learn their subjects more effectively but also to grow in confidence while acquiring valuable life skills.

Our drama studio is fully equipped with technical facilities including a fixed truss, LED lighting and state of the art sound equipment.  We have been fortunate enough to develop the performance space during the summer of 2018, to match our wide variety of performance provisions and events.

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 Drama programme at Hele's has been designed as a challenging, vibrant and progressive programme of study which aims to enable each student with a range of theatrical and transferable skills. The dynamic 2-year programme provides each student with an understanding of theatrical devices, genres and styles. Students will be able to disseminate play texts, craft devised performances, have an awareness of theatre conventions and question social concerns in a critical manner. It is at the core of our values that we provide each student with a range of skills to support them in becoming the best they can be.  Amongst these are communication skills, self-confidence, empathy and the ability to work creatively with other people.   

YEAR 7

Term

Scheme of Learning

Main Objectives

Autumn 1

Mime

Focus in Drama

Stock characterisation

Physical Delivery

Autumn 2

Melodrama

Vocal Delivery

Thought Tracking

Direct Address

Spring 1

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Levels & Proxemics

Spoken Language

Marking the Moment

Spring 2

Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations

Suspense / Tension

Atmosphere

Mood

Summer 1

Evacuees

Improvisation

Characterisation

Role-play

Summer 2

Greek Theatre

Choral Speaking

Movement

Artistic delivery

 YEAR 8

Term

Scheme of Learning

Main Objectives

Autumn 1

Commedia dell’Arte

Characterisation

Stock Characters

Physical Comedy

Autumn 2

Gizmo

by Alan Aykbourn

Working from a play text

Mirrored Movement

Cross-cutting

Spring 1

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Language

Thought Tracking

Melodrama

Spring 2

Physical Theatre

Dynamics

Movement and text

Synchronicity

Summer 1

Let Him Have It

Storytelling techniques

Narrative Structure

Character Trajectory

Summer 2

Devising Theatre

3rd person narration

Drama conventions

Communication skills

Key Stage 4 

What is GCSE Drama all about?

Drama is about exploring, devising, creating, designing and working in a practical manner. The course enables students to analyse live theatre, learn how to become an actor, craft and create invocative and current performances and design costume, set, lighting choices for set texts.

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and

creative. You will excel in the course if you enjoy working in a practical manner and are interested in exploring current issues. If you want to become a director, designer, performer or want to develop your confidence, then Drama is the right course for you.

What about the examinations?

  • 40% Component 1: Devising theatre for a live audience.

You will create your own current performance, which will explore a variety of drama and theatre conventions.

  • 20% Component 2: Text performance.

You will perform 2 extracts in a group, monologue, duologue to a live audience

  • 40% Component 3: Textual analysis. (1-hour 30mins summer written exam)

You will explore Headlong theatre company’s adaptation of 1984. You will answer 5 questions based on performance, design and direction

You will watch a piece of live theatre and answer 2 questions analysing and evaluating the impact that the work had on you as an audience member.

Is there any coursework?

The non-exam assessment of the GCSE Drama course takes place solely within

Component 1, where you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence that

documents the development of your devised play. This can take the form of a

continuous piece of writing or as a filmed presentation.  The portfolio of evidence should be between 2,000 words or 10 minutes if opting to film your coursework.

What about my results?

You can achieve grades 9 to 1 in GCSE Drama.

What other skills might I develop?

Empathy is an important life skill. When you act in Drama you put yourself in to another person’s shoes and try to identify with them and their situation. This will really test your empathy, especially when portraying a character who is experiencing things you cannot personally relate to. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.

Analysing Drama productions allows you to develop your critical thinking skills. This is useful for many jobs and is great if you are planning on studying English Literature, Media Studies or Film Studies at degree level. Also, it allows you to think more critically about the film, television and theatre that we all consume daily.

You will gain in confidence. This is an important skill and Drama gives you the opportunity to push yourself to perform. You will be able to grow in confidence, develop your performance skills and overcome the fear of making mistakes in a fun, creative and supportive environment.

Key Stage 5 

Drama A Level Drama and Theatre Course Overview:

Qualification:

Edexcel Drama and Theatre A Level (two-year course)

Course Overview:

Year 12

You will explore with the practices and principles of Antonin Artaud, a French surrealist and apply his techniques to Steven Berkoff’s “Metamorphosis.” You will devise as a theatre company a performance for a selected audience and be examined on the developmental process and the final performance.  There will be a performance to a Live audience based on a complete play text and the opportunity to perform either a monologue or duologue which are both teacher directed.  Throughout year 12 we will also study Sophie Treadwell’s “The Machinal” a feminist play text written within the German expressionist era, exploring the text form a perspective of a performer, director and designer.

Year 13

You will tour as a theatre company to our feeder primaries in our Arts council initiative “Transition” leading large workshops and Drama activities to over 500 students over the course of a week.  You will explore Georg Buchner’s “Woyzeck” from the perspective of Bertolt Brecht, designing a directorial adaptation for a 21st century audience.  You will see numerous pieces of Live theatre throughout the course, however you will write about one within your final written examination, detailing its theatrical elements and how they shaped the audience’s experiences.

  • Component 1: Devised (40%, internally moderated)
  • Component 2: Performance of a complete play text, monologues and duologues (20%, externally moderated)
  • Component 3: Written examination based upon Woyzeck, The Machinal and a Live theatre production (40% written examination)

Entry Requirements:

GCSE Drama Grade C, however with experience, passion and a desire to learn more about the Arts, you can take Drama without a GCSE in Drama.

Career Paths and Degree courses:

Drama schools, Drama degree courses in performance, film, media, direction, writing for film and performance, technical theatre, costume making, set and stage design.  Drama is also highly valued due to the skill-set which students develop throughout the 2 years of study. English, Business, Law, marketing, health care, social work, events management are just some of the Degree courses which showcase a desire to have an A level in Drama and Theatre.