Drama and Theatre Studies

The choice of Drama usually indicates commitment and enthusiasm. Talent is an added bonus, and no one should be put off by feeling that they are shy or retiring. Drama will bring out qualities in pupils which they did not know they possessed.

The drama department is based next to the School Theatre. We teach in the Theatre and the Drama classroom. We have been in the process of upgrading the facilities in the theatre and backstage in order to provide more effective rehearsal, green room and storage rooms. The theatre has a proscenium arch, lighting grid for the stage and for the auditorium.

Many school plays and productions take place in unusual and challenging configurations of the theatre space and also around the college.

Second and Third Form

A broad introduction to drama and its techniques, challenges, and its life-enhancing fun.

Fourth Form and Fifth Form

Both years follow the GCSE course in outline, with the fourth year practising for their assessed year to follow in year Five. The GCSE course relies heavily on two units of practical work in the classroom, assessed by both the teacher and a folio of coursework produced by the pupil. The final term is characterised by the pressures of the acting examination. A brief production is performed for a visiting examiner, and then marked. These three sections of the examination: "Course work and practical" and "Performance" go to make up the final grade. A detailed course description is available from the Edexcel website.

Lower Sixth AS

Students take part in a variety of activities for the three units in AS. Willingness to take notes, perform and experiment are important, as is good discipline both on stage and in note-taking. In previous years, students have studied Antigone and Passing Places for the first unit. We go to plays regularly and discussion is vital for the course. A performance for a visiting examiner comes at the end of the year.

Upper Sixth

A2 students work more on their own with input rather than direction from teachers. More theatre-going promotes knowledge and critical faculties. Students are expected to devise a piece of theatre, comment on theatre they have seen, research historical productions of a play (previous years Comedy of Errors) and perform for an examiner. A detailed course description is available from the Edexcel website.

Staff

Mr Charles Youlten BA (Hons) PGCE Dip Drama - Head of Drama and Theatre Studies
Miss Lauren Kirk, BA (Hons) RSAMD - Head of Drama and Performance