Drama

Course Leader:              Mrs Arrow
Contact Email:               jarrow@tgschool.net


Learning Drama at TGS is not solely about performance, but about developing your confidence, group skills and imagination. You will have the opportunity to learn through practical workshops, as well as reflecting on your own work and the work of others.  During KS3 you will cover a range of styles and genres of theatre, such as comedy, mask and physical theatre. When the opportunity arises, you may take part in theatre workshops delivered by professional companies. At the end of year nine you may opt to take Drama as a GCSE which could lead to an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies at TGS.

There are opportunities to take part in school productions and showcases throughout your time at TGS. You may also like to have separate LAMDA lessons, which are offered at school, to enhance your performance and public speaking skills.

Drama is a fantastic subject to help you develop your confidence, team work, communication skills and empathy, as well as being great fun!


“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 


GCSE Drama

 

Examination Board:      Eduqas (WJEC)

Assessment:                    40% Devising workshop, 20% Performance exam 40% written exam (live theatre review and practical study of play text)

 

What does the course involve?

The course is split into three sections and run over two years, combining practical and written elements. Component 1: Devising Theatre. Students will be assessed on either acting or design. They will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre, using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by the exam board. Students will document the process in a portfolio of supporting evidence and will write an evaluation of the final performance or design. Component 2: Performing from a Text. Students will be assessed on either acting or design. They will study two extracts from the same performance text. They explore the text in practical workshops and produce a final polished performance using sections of text from both extracts. Component 3: Interpreting Theatre. Students will study a play text and explore it through practical workshops. They will also watch and review a live piece of theatre. Students will complete a final written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Differences from Year 9

Students explore in depth a variety of genres and practitioners and use their ideas when devising their own piece of drama. Students will complete a written examination under timed conditions. They will also attend more than one theatre production as they will write about performance in the examination.

Skills developed

Students are assessed on devising, performing and interpreting theatre. They develop their communication skills throughout the course, as well as their performance skills and ability to reflect on and evaluate theatre. Students become more confident, cooperative and empathetic while studying drama. This subject allows their social and personal skills to flourish.


A level Drama and Theatre Studies

Examination Board:      WJEC Eduqas

Specification:                  601/8554/5

What Will I Study?

Component 1: Theatre Workshop (either acting or design)

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by the exam board. The piece is developed using techniques from either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. They will produce a creative log to accompany their performance.

Component 2: Text in Action (either acting or design)

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus provided by the exam board. One will be a devised piece of theatre, using either an influential practitioner or theatre company and the other is an extract from a text in a different style. Students produce a process and evaluation report following their performance to an external examiner.

Component 3: Text in Performance (written exam)

Students will study two different texts from different time periods: one pre 1956 and one post 1956. Students will then answer 2 questions about the two plays under timed examination conditions. Students will also study the play Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and will answer a question based on a chosen extract from that play under timed examination conditions.

Entry Requirements

Students require GCSE English Grade 5, GCSE Drama B (not essential).

Assessment

Assessed workshops, performance, written coursework and written examination.

Where Next?

This is an academic course recognised by universities of good standing. For those taking English, it gives a more practical and hands on approach to Drama as well as academic rigour. For those interested in careers in the Arts, whether backstage, lighting, sound, acting or directing it gives you knowledge of drama and theatre. This course does allow performers to enhance their acting skills but students still need a good academic background.

Please note

Students who have not taken GCSE Drama will be considered. Students must have an interest in theatre and plays as well as performing.

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