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Mr Slocombe (Head of Faculty)
Mr Heraty
Miss O Calcaterra
Mrs Hanley (SEN)



Ms Sharp (Head of House)
Mr McNamara
Miss Barnes
Ms S Murray

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Drama lessons are taught by the Faculty staff. Units taught include 'mask', 'slapstick', 'slam poetry' and 'stage fighting'. There is a weekly Drama club on Wednesdays from 3.30-4.30pm. Recent full productions include 'Oliver!' and 'Blood Brothers'.


Teacher in charge: Miss O Calcaterra

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

What will I study?

•A variety of plays, including one live performance.
•A variety of styles of performance i.e. Masks, Physical Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Naturalism etc. and rehearsal techniques e.g. Forum Theatre, hot seating, role-play etc.
•Design aspects within the theatre i.e. make-up, lighting, costume, set props etc.

Is this course suitable for me?

YOU MUST BE A CONFIDENT/ WILLING PERFORMER TO TAKE DRAMA. This course offers you an opportunity to develop your interest, understanding and range of drama and theatre experience. It allows you to further your imaginative, creative, communication and social skills, whilst deepening an awareness of self and group relationships. This is a good course if you enjoy expressing yourself in an active and exciting way, working in a group, exploring ideas and creating your own drama work.

How will I be assessed?

Almost all assessment is practical. There are no written examinations although you are assessed on three written pieces, undertaken in controlled conditions in school.

UNIT 1: Drama Exploration - How do you use drama to explore a theme?

30% (40/60 practical exploration, 20/60 written). Six hour practical exploration and 2000 word documentary response, teacher assessed.

UNIT 2: Exploring Play Texts / response to Live Theatre – How do you use drama to explore a script?

30% (30/60 practical, 30/60 written). Six hour practical exploration and 1000 word documentary response, plus 2000 word Theatre Review of a live performance, teacher assessed.

UNIT 3: Drama Performance

40%. Performance of a scripted/ devised play to visiting examiner.

What skills will I learn?

 You will gain confidence in performance as well as developing your acting and technical skills. You will have increased self and group awareness and the ability to appreciate and evaluate the work of others. You will develop skills highly valued in any walk of life e.g. the ability to present yourself confidently in public, as well as skills of creativity, independent research, concentration, self-discipline, team work, communication, self and peer evaluation.

What will I learn about?

This course offers you an opportunity to develop your interest, understanding and range of drama and theatre experience. You will learn how drama is created including all the acting and staging skills that are needed to put a piece of drama onto the stage. You will learn how to create a character and play this in performance. You will gain an understanding of a wide range of play texts, an appreciation of the ways in which playwrights achieve their effects and the ability to communicate the authors’ intentions to an audience. You will gain an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences through an investigation of plays and other styles of dramatic presentation.

How is this course relevant to my future career choices?

First and foremost confidence will be an asset in all aspects of study and life. GCSE Drama lays an appropriate foundation for further study of drama in GCE AS and A2 Level Drama and Theatre Studies, and Advanced qualifications in Performing Arts. It also is a good foundation for the study of Media and Communication at AS, A2 and BTEC, National Performing Arts (Acting).

In addition, it provides a worthwhile course in terms of general education and lifelong learning. There are several degree courses on offer: Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Media and Communication Studies, Drama and Education. The opportunities in the field of work are wide including working in Theatre Design, Performance, Management, Television, Radio, Advertising, the Arts and Media. Previous pupils have found the skills they have developed in drama useful in an array of jobs, including law, the police force, journalism and teaching.


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