Drama

Gryphon School: Sherborne

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 drama teaches the fundamental skills necessary for effective drama/theatre productions: co-operation, creative contribution, team work, self-discipline, and respect for others as well as peer evaluation. In addition to these skills, throughout Year 7 students explore a variety of dramatic techniques, the art of devising theatre from a stimulus and the genre of storytelling.

Year 8

Year 8 builds on the skills developed in the previous year but with the introduction of more specific drama conventions and styles of performance including mask work, physical theatre, play scripts and devising your own theatre. Year 8 students are also challenged to develop their theoretical understanding of theatre through their written work.

Year 9

The emphasis in Year 9 is on developing further acting and communication skills and broadening students’ knowledge of theatrical style and genre. Building their knowledge of theatre is developed within the topic of ‘Theatre Practitioners and Companies’ as well as ‘Stage Combat’. Students also explore how to devise exciting theatre as well as gaining an understanding of believable and naturalistic roles within our scripted unit, ‘Ruckus in the Garden’.

Key Stage 4

Reasons for studying Drama

You will gain an understanding of a range of Drama and Theatre experiences. It will give you an increased confidence in communication skills and an important qualification valued by employers and in Further Education. You will develop self and group awareness, imaginative, creative and social skills.

What you will be studying

The GCSE course content will allow you the opportunity to study published plays, devising techniques as well as a range of theatre genres and international practitioners/ companies. When creating performance work you will have the choice to either take the performance route or take on the role of a designer (lighting, costume, make-up, set or sound). You will learn the skill of acting while at the same time you will explore technical aspects of presentation i.e. lighting, sound, set design, costumes, masks etc. You will learn to review and assess the effectiveness of your chosen practical component. Commitment to group work is essential in Drama. You will see a variety of live professional or non-professional theatre and learn to make informed critical responses to what you see. A cost will be involved for all theatre visits averaging £20.

GCSE Drama

Exam Board: Eduqas

Course Information:

Component 1: ‘Devising Theatre’. This unit requires learners to devise a piece of original theatre in response to a stimulus, using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or the characteristics of a genre of drama.  40% of the GCSE.

Component 2: ‘Performing a Text’. This unit requires learners to participate in a performance from a text. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret a text for performance and realise artistic intentions. 20% of the GCSE.

Component 3: ‘Interpreting Theatre’. This unit is the final written exam and requires learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and through responding to live theatre. 40% of GCSE.

Website: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse/

 

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