WHY STUDY DRAMA?
Drama is the ideal subject for you if you enjoy working with others, have a lively imagination and a keen interest in Theatre. Drama builds confidence, improves communication skills and allows you to be creative. Like all the Arts, Drama helps us make sense of the world.
GCSE Drama is not only for students who wish to pursue a career in the Arts- through the course you will enhance your confidence, communication, presentation, problem-solving, collaborative and leadership skills - all of which are transferable and valuable to any career and/or future study.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
COMPONENT 1: Understanding Drama 40%:
- Study of one set play - Blood Brothers. This is explored through both practical and written approaches.
- Review of a live theatre performance.
COMPONENT 2: Devising Drama 40%:
- Creating your own work based on a stimulus/theme of your choice.
- Performance of the work created.
- Evaluation of the work created.
COMPONENT 3: Texts in practice 20%
- Performance of two scripted extracts- these are chosen according to students’ preference and skill.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
- Written exam 1hr 45 minutes
- Devising log and performance assessed by teacher, moderated by Exam Board
- Performances to visiting examiner
AREAS OF STUDY
- Characteristics of performance texts and dramatic works
- Social, cultural and historical contexts
- Drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately
- Roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice
- Interpreting text for performance
- Analysis of live theatre performance
- Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning in a devised performance
WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?
In order to enjoy the course, you must have enjoyed Drama in lower school, or have been part of Drama/performance groups outside of school. You should be keen to attend visits to the theatre organised by the Drama department to see a variety of plays. Whilst you do not need to be a natural performer, you should be committed to developing your performing skills. You will certainly need to rehearse outside of lesson time in the lead up to assessments.
You will also need to be prepared to be filmed for assessment purposes.
For further details of this course see Miss Challis, Leader of Drama.