Head of Department: Mr T.Coates
The Drama Department seeks to create a productive learning environment which encourages, supports and challenges students in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Our aim is to foster a spirit of inquiry by providing our students with the tools for critical and inventive thinking. We want to encourage and inspire our students to produce innovative and creative performance work that reflects their potential, with the hope of developing an appreciation of the Arts that will fit them well for the future.
- Evacuees - Exploring the conditions of Evacuees in the Second World War
- Darkwood Manor - How to create tension and atmosphere in performance based on the spooky goings on in the fictional Darkwood Manor.
- Slave Trade - Using the story of Joseph Cinque, exploring the issues behind slavery through a variety of Drama techniques.
- Storytelling - Using a combination of physical theatre and narration skills to make a story entertaining and engaging for an audience.
- Beowulf - Examining social, moral and spiritual issues through and exploration of the legend of Beowulf.
- Perseus - Exploration of the history of Greek theatre through the legend of Perseus using Mask, Narration and Physical Theatre.
- Approaching script work - The necessary techniques required to explore and interpret scripts.
- Slapstick - How to perform different physical slapstick 'gags' to create own comic routine.
- Melodrama - Opportunity to explore and perform in a short Melodrama play.
- The Industrial Revolution - The history of the Industrial Revolution and working conditions in the mills explored through role play and drama performance.
- Mask - The skill of performing with full face masks from the Trestle Theatre Company.
Students are assessed according to the KS3 levels. Each level examines pupils ability to perform, how they are able to create work and cooperate with other students and how they are able to analyse and evaluate work. Students are marked individually, according to their performance as a member of the group, their acting role within that group and their ability to reflect upon and evaluate their own work and the work of others using drama terms. In order to achieve a level, students must have achieved all of the criteria of that level. They need to be given guidance on the areas they need to improve on in order to progress and set targets accordingly.
Units and Weighting:
Unit 1 - Created devised performance Internal Assessment 40%
Task One –Created Devised Performance In groups of between 2 to 5 people, you will create a practical performance based on a starting point provided by the exam board, linked with ideas on how theatre can be performed.
Task Two –Devised Performance Report You will complete a written evaluation of the practical work you have completed in Task One, under formal supervision.
Unit 2 - Practical Performance 20%
In groups of between 2-4 people, you will perform an extract from a play rehearsed from a script. You will be examined on your acting skills in the performance.
Unit 3 - Written Examination 40%
Section A: Set Text You will study one of the set texts and answer questions on it as an Actor, a Designer and a Director. The set texts are:
. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
. Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
. DNA, Dennis Kelly
Section B: Live Theatre Review You will answer one question requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
- The department regularly runs theatre trips to see productions. A few of many venues we have been to are: West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Carriageworks, RSC ,Newcastle Playhouse.
- We have worked in partnership with theatre companies to provide students with the opportunities to work with professional artists such as Frantic Assembly, Red Ladder, The Paper Birds.
- Our students have participated and created performance work for festivals and theatre competitions such as Let’s Get Lost (CAST Doncaster) Richards Rampage (Kevin Spacey, The Old Vic London) Garforth Arts Festival.
- The department also runs extra-curricular activities for students such as Drama clubs and performance evenings.