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Our Drama students are dynamic, independent and entrepreneurial – confident in performing, creating, directing, designing, teaching and producing performances for a wide range of contexts. 

Our lessons are varied, exciting and involve acting and research.

Market Boy - January 2019

Annually the Drama department stages a school production at the local theatre. 

This year our Drama students (Year 10 to Year 13) performed Market Boy by David Eldridgeis set on Romford Market from 1985 up to the early 90s.  

 

Key Stage 3

Course Content

Year 7
  • Darkwood Manor – role play, sound & atmosphere
  • Eric – empathy, movement, transitions & costume design
  • Storytelling – performance struction, props, creativity & lighting design
  • Greek theatre – mask work, chorus & staging
Year 8
  • Romeo and Juliet - character motivation, stage fighting, performance structure & sound design
  • Joyriders – movement, character and monologues
  • The Truth is Out There – comedy, script work, chracterisation & set design
Year 9
  • Frantic Assembly – movement, physical theatre & intention
  • Commedia Dell’Arte – comedy, chracterisation, mask work & language
  • Script - how to explore and perform a script play, sub text, before time, character objectives & theatre design
How can I support my child through KS3 Drama?
  • Ensuring homework is complete
  • Taking them to the theatre
  • Watching drama on television
  • Looking at their assessment work on Google Classroom
  • Talking to them about what they are studying in Drama and their Drama targets

Assessment

There will be practical assessments with every topic.  This will either be through final performances or continually though their practical lessons.  Homework will consist of development tasks on work completed in lessons, such as a set design for a script or mask design for a character, writing up evaluations on Google Classroom and rehearsing for assessment at breaks or lunchtimes.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Exam board:    WJEC
Qualification:   GCSE
Specification:  EDUQAS

Course Content

Students study theatre styles such as Physical Theatre and Brecht’s Epic Theatre to influence their own devised work in preparation for Component 1.  

To prepare for Component 2 they will explore play texts such as The History Boys by Alan Bennett and Girls Like That by Evan Placey.  For their actual Component 2 performances students will perform from a wide range of different plays.  

For Component 3 we study the play War Horse, looking at all aspects of production from acting and rehearsing to design such as lighting and set.

Assessment

Component 1 – Devising Theatre – 40% – Teacher Examiner

  • 10% – Practical Performance
  • 30% – Written portfolio and evaluation.

Component 2 – Performing from a Text – 20% – External Examiner

  • 20%  – Practical Performance

Component 3  – Interpreting Theatre – 40% – Written Exam

  • 30% – War Horse
  • 10% – Responding to live theatre

Recommended websites

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=national+theatre+discover

https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/resources

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Students will need to bring the correct equipment to all their Drama lessons: Pen, pencil, exercise book, Chromebook, Drama Handbook and any scripts they are currently studying.

ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

There is a strong tradition of theatre visits, workshops and extra curricular work. There are Drama Clubs at lunchtime and rehearsals after school and some weekends are common for examination work.  There is an annual House Drama Competition which is run by the 6th Form students and is open to anyone who wishes to compete.

The Drama department annually stages a school production at the local theatre; these are positively received by the school and the community of Tring.  

Recent Theatre Visits

Network The National Theatre
The Wedding Watford Palace
St George and the Dragon The National Theatre
People, Places, Things Oxford Playhouse
Elton John’s Glasses Watford Palace
Against Almedia Theatre
The Ferryman The Royal Court
The Kid Stays in the Picture The Royal Court

and Workshops

Physical Theatre Workshop Gecko
Physical Theatre Workshop Frantic Assembly
Mask/Commedia Dell'Arte Workshop Trestle Theatre 
Director's Workshop Palace Theatre
Artaud Workshop Palace Theatre
Brecht Workshop National Theatre
Backstage Tour National Theatre

DRAMA DEPARTMENT

Subject Leader Miss L Cushnie        
  Miss K Dolder
  Miss F Mitchell
Performing Arts Technician Mrs A Travers            
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