“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.“ Albert Einstein
Drama visit to London, Spring 2013
In Drama lessons students have opportunity to explore social, cultural and moral issues through topical stimuli and playtexts. Drama exercises are a core basis of the curriculum and students bond with each other through trust games and team buiding activities.
Over the school year students will explore scriptwork, improvisation and devised theatre.
Theatre history reflects cultural history and students have opportunity to explore a wide variety of plays from a cross section of Dramatic genres and historical periods. Examples of theatrical work students may explore: contemporary playwrights (e.g. Harold Pinter & Frantic Assembly), Shakespeare, Commedia D’ell Arte, Medieval Theatre, African Theatre, Greek Theatre & Melodrama
Improvisation skills are taught and developed through set scenarios and games. These skills aid students ability to devise their own material at KS4/GCSE level.
Devised performance allows students to explore an issue or talking point and develop material for performance. This material may be devised from stimuli following students individual research, such as a piece of music, a newspaper article or a story. Recently, students in 03 have developed a piece entitled ‘Displacement’ which explored the issues faced by people displaced both by deforestation in the rain forest and by war in Syria.
O groups have opportunity to study Drama at GCSE level. This entails the production of both devised and scripted plays for public performance.
Many opportunities are created for theatre visits for those studying GCSE Drama.
Explorative Drama workshops develop the students skill base at this level and students are expected to complete an actors logbook. Students have the option of performance or design at this level and may choose to specialise in set design, costume, make-up or lighting design as an alternative to acting.
During the new ‘masterclass’ sessions students in any year group have opportunity to attend LAMDA preparation. LAMDA exams allow students to develop both their communication and acting skills and can help students develop their abilities to speak in public. Beyond grade 6 LAMDA exams can also provide students with valuable UCAS points.
Students have opportunity to attend the theatre and visits to local theatres are organised once every half term. This spring fifteen students will be visiting London for the second year running. Students will have opportunity to have a backstage tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory followed by an evening performance and a visit to the Harry Potter Studios.
Y group Drama
Students have 1.5 hours Drama per week
O group Drama
Students have 3 hours of Drama per week
Additionally students across all years have opportunity to attend LAMDA classes and the chance to participate in extra-curricular Drama productions (such as the Christmas talent show and the Shakespeare Schools Festival).