Drama and Theatre has an important role to play in the personal and academic development of our students. The skills and qualities developed in Drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama and Theatre stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a supportive environment.
Aims and Philosophy
The aim of Drama and Theatre teaching in the School is to improve students’ confidence and ability to communicate, and help students through developing a range of skills, to understand themselves and the world they live in. Drama aims to teach students to work creatively – either individually, in pairs or as a team; and to plan effectively and evaluate perceptively. It is also our ethos to reflect the academic rigour in studying Drama. Students learn to evaluate their work and the work of others through an appreciation of theatre and an understanding of the language of theatre.
Students will be taken to the Theatre and will learn how to evaluate their live Theatre experience. End of year performance. Students will be assessed in a short performance which they devise themselves under the guidance of their teacher. They will perform to other Drama students and will be graded on the process and the performance.
Past Theatre Trips:
- Woman in Black, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
- Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre, London
- Matilda, Curve, Leicester
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal, London
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination"
GCSE Drama is an essentially practical course which aims to introduce students to all aspects of Drama and the Theatre, as performers, directors, designers and critics. It focuses on practical work that reflects 21st century theatre practice and developing skills that support progression to further study of Drama and indeed a wide range of other subjects. The course aims to develop your interest in Drama and Theatre as participants and informed members of an audience. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of major influences in theatre. Ultimately, the GCSE Drama course offers a range of opportunities to develop Drama and Theatre skills creatively and imaginatively, integrating both theory and practice, as well as developing communication, group work and independent learning skills.
Not only does Drama & Theatre develop a balanced intellect, it is an excellent platform for training in life. Drama actively inspires pupils to grow into outgoing and confident adults. The course develops their ability to work within a group and, above all, it hones those techniques that allow a chosen few to present themselves confidently to an audience. It is a practical and theoretical course, which aims to introduce pupils to all aspects of Theatre, as Performers, Directors, Designers and Critics. This is a skills based course so much of the teaching aims to develop your understanding of Performance, seeking ultimately to create a piece of live theatre through practical work.
It is relevant to every student. It gives you skills such as the ability to rethink, design, reconsider, explore, evaluate, play, empathise, understand and create. It is relevant because stylistically and in terms of subject matter it is always changing and questioning the world we inhabit.