All students in year 7 study drama and work towards a public performance of a Shakespeare play in the summer term.
Drama is offered at GCSE and consists of three units:
Component one – Devising Theatre – a practical unit, internally assessed, accompanied by a portfolio of evidence and an evaluation of performance
Component two – Performance from a text, a second practical unit assessed by an external examiner.
Component three – The study of a set text in preparation for the examination in the summer term of year eleven. Students also have to produce a live theatre analysis and evaluation and are therefore given opportunities to attend trips to the theatre. Recently they have seen “Wicked”, “Matilda” and “The Turn of the Screw”.
Students in year nine begin their GCSE studies by looking at the history of world theatre and exploring a range of genres with a very clear emphasis on the development of practical skills and confidence in performance.
GCSE students are able to choose a technical aspect of theatre for assessment, rather than performance, in either or both of the practical units. They may choose from: Costume and Make-up, Lighting, Sound or Set Design.
Students across all year groups are given the opportunity to perform or help with backstage/technical aspects in a range of school productions. The department, work towards two shows annually, a large scale whole school musical in the Autumn/Spring term, and our annual Summer Fundraising show. Recent productions include: “We Will Rock You”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Oliver”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Return to the Forbidden Planet”. Our shows are extremely popular and regularly attract casts and crew of between 100-150 students.