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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.

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

Emil & the Detectives - January 2020

In January 2019 our Drama students (Year 10 to Year 13) performed Emil and the Detectives written in 1929 by Erich Kastner.”

Key Stage 3

Course Content

Year 7
  • Darkwood Manor – role play, sound & atmosphere
  • Eric – empathy, movement, transitions & costume design
  • Greek Theatre – ensemble movement, mask work, chorus & staging
  • Commedia Dell 'Arte - characterisation, comedy and improvisation
  • Live Theatre Analysis - understanding theatre design and analysing live performance
Year 8
  • The Truth is Out There – comedy, script work, characterisation & physical theatre
  • Romeo and Juliet - character motivation, stage fighting, performance structure & sound design
  • Treasure Island - rehearsal techniques, chorus & set design
  • Joyriders – movement, character and monologues
  • Live Theatre Analysis - Understanding theatre design and analysing live performance
Year 9
  • Leadership & Power - ensemble movement, physical theatre, text work, response to stimulus, devising skills
  • Frantic Assembly – movement, choreography, physical theatre & intention
  • Script - how to explore and perform a scripted play, sub text, before time, character objectives & theatre design
  • Live Theatre Analysis - understanding theatre design and analysing live performance
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.  

For Component 2 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. The students will also study Live Theatre Analysis understanding theatre design and analysing a live performance.

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 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 and Future 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
  • All My Sons The Old Vic
  • Nora: A Doll’s House Young Vic
  • Vassa Almeida Theatre
  • Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre (December 2021)
  • East Is East National Theatre (October 2021)

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 (Maternity Leave) Mrs F Langley     
Acting Subject Leader Miss K Dolder
  Miss S Warne
Performing Arts Technician Mrs A Travers            
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