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Drama

The Drama department is a vibrant, popular and successful curriculum area. It is a creative hub that plays a vital and central role in the life of the school. The department boasts two drama studios equipped with professional lighting, sound and projection equipment to facilitate an industry standard experience for students.

The department strives to create a culture where students produce the highest quality work which demonstrates a deep and secure subject knowledge and promotes a life – long appreciation of the dramatic arts. Drama is an exciting and academically rigorous subject. It is taught to stretch intellectual ability, stimulate creativity, increase student’s confidence, equip them with the capacity for self – expression and enable them to develop the communication skills necessary to live a full and successful life.

Many of our Alumni have taken higher education courses in drama and theatre at drama school or university and have gone onto careers in theatre including television, acting and teaching drama as well as many outside of the industry.

‘Studying Drama at St Edward’s has set me up to follow a career I love and made me the confident and happy person I am today.’

Denise Eleto, ex St Edward’s GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre student, graduate of The Central School of Speech and Drama.

The Curriculum

Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 Drama lessons are taught in mixed ability forms, during which students develop their knowledge and understanding of four key areas for assessment in drama; Ideas, Skills (performing and designing), Knowledge and Evaluation. Students explore a range of stimulus, plays and live productions through practical tasks and develop the skills to analyse and assess their own and other’s work verbally and through key written tasks.

Year 7

  • Autumn 1: Induction: Drama Skills
  • Autumn 2: Production Roles: Pantomime
  • Spring 1: Page to Stage: Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations by Alan Aykbourne
  • Spring 2: Live Theatre Review: Shrek the Musical
  • Summer 1: Genre Focus: Commedia Dell ‘Arte
  • Summer 2: Devising: The Manor House

Year 8

  • Autumn 1: Exploring Play Text: The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
  • Autumn 2: Devising: Fame & celebrity
  • Spring 1: Genre Focus: Melodrama
  • Spring 2: Live Theatre Evaluation : Billy Elliot the Musical
  • Summer 1 & 2: Performance from Text: Plays of Benjamin Zephania

Year 9

  • Autumn 1 & 2: Exploring a text Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
  • Spring 1: Storytelling Skills
  • Spring 2: Devising
  • Summer 1: Monologue and performance
  • Summer 2: Mask

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 Drama lessons are taught in mixed ability groups, following the EDEXCEL syllabus.

 

Component 1 – Devising

40% of the qualification

 Content overview

  • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

There are two parts to the assessment:

  • a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process
  • a devised performance/design realisation

 

Component 2 – Performance from Text

20% of the qualification

 Content overview

  • Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

 

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 40% of the qualification

 Content overview

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.
  • Live theatre evaluation.

Assessment overview

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life

  • This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.

 Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation

  • This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Annual large-scale school production in collaboration with music department for 11-18yrs. Opportunities for acting, singing, dancing, set design, costumes, make-up, stage management, sound and lighting design. Over the course of the past decade the department has hosted a wide variety of productions from ‘Oliver’, ‘Grease’, ‘Hairspray’ to this year’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

Steds Drama Club for Year 7 and 8 Monday and Thursday lunch time. Year 11 GCSE drama revision session every Monday 3.15 – 4.15pm after school. By request, additional surgeries for 15 minute 1:1 support for students are available from 4.15 pm. All GCSE students strongly encouraged to attend revision sessions throughout year 11.