Head of Department: Mrs N Rowell
What will I study?
Students will study and develop an understanding of the practical performance skills required at GCSE level. Students will explore topics such as: Theatre Practitioners; Bertolt Brecht; Theatre in Education; Constantin Stanislavski; Written Evaluation skills; Practical work from a stimulus; Devising Theatre and Performing from script
They will explore texts such as:
• Blood Brothers by Willy Russel
• Macbeth by William Shakespeare
• DNA by Dennis Kelly
Students are required to see a range live theatre productions as part of their course.
Written work is in the form of exam questions, a portfolio of work, and evaluations. Students will evaluate and analyse their performance work. We encourage GCSE students to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities we offer from the school production to various theatre visits throughout the academic year
How will I be assessed?
The exam board is Edexcel https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html
Anything else I need to know
Drama requires: Working collaboratively with others; Sharing original and creative ideas; Performing skills; Analytical skills; Variation in character development and roles performed; Interpretation of themes and stimuli; Commitment and focus throughout all practical and written work; Completing coursework and controlled assessments by a given deadline; Attending extra rehearsals and interventions outside of practical lessons
The course provides an excellent route into A Level Theatre Studies and/or other vocational Performing Arts courses. Further progression post -18 will lead to careers in teaching, acting, technical theatre, directing, film, and is useful for those wishing to study subjects such as English, Law and Politics or a career in the Media or ARTS Industry. The skills found in this course will be transferable to any industry that require public speaking, communication and confidence.