Drama

There are two school productions each year, all requiring actors, technical crew and musicians to make them a success. Recent productions have included The Great Gatsby, Singin' in the Rain, Cabaret, Bugsy Malone, The Crucible (directed in the round) and an open air performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Box Hill School holds an annual Arts festival, which gives musically minded students a chance to perform, alongside art exhibitions and drama workshops.

Key Stage 3

Our KS3 Drama curriculum is based upon developing student imagination, communication and creativity whilst assessing progress in the three essential areas of making, performing and responding in Drama.

 

The lessons focus on building a strong foundation of performance skills and developing interpersonal and communication skills. All lessons are taught practically in the purpose built studio making use of the lighting and sound rig.

The KS3 curriculum is wide ranging and currently covers; Dramatic styles, genres, text, social issues, improvisation techniques, mask work, scripting and using performance support techniques. A variety of workshops and Theatre visits are organised and theatre companies are regularly invited into school to support and extend curriculum learning.

Content and assessment are based on the descriptors set out in the Arts Council publication ‘Drama in Schools’

Making

• Work confidently in groups using a range of Drama techniques to devise dramas for different purposes
• Plan and shape plays using of a range of techniques and conventions to express their ideas, e.g. narration, split scenes, freeze frames and mime in physical theatre
• Actively stage the work of playwrights, for example Missing Dan Nolan by Mark Wheelan
• Write and perform their own simple scripts, demonstrating an understanding of some  theatre conventions
• Establish a range of characters using movement and vocal skills.

Performing

• Learn lines, collaborate with others and organise simple presentations
• Present ideas  to an audience
• Experiment with their voices and movement to create or present different characters in performance
• Develop spatial awareness and effective use of stage space.
• To create appropriate mood and atmosphere by using sound and light.

Responding

• Demonstrate an awareness of some Theatre traditions from different times and places e.g physical theatre Melodrama
• Discuss the themes or issues in the Drama and the way they were presented
• Reflect on and evaluate their own and other pupils’ work, suggest improvements and use correct basic Theatre terminology

 

GCSE

Through practical and theoretical study, the GCSE Drama syllabus encourages students to understand and enjoy drama by:
• developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups
• considering ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience
• discovering the performance possibilities of texts and other stimuli
• devising dramatic material of their own

There are 2 components for assessment in this exam:
 Paper 1: the written exam  40%
 Paper 2: coursework   60%

PAPER 1 – Written Exam

Candidates answer questions relating to a pre-release text and three stimuli.
• Section A (30 marks) 8 to 10 short-answer questions on all of the pre release material.
   Answer all questions.
• Section B (25 marks) Answer one from three essay questions on the pre-release extract.
•Section C (25 marks) Answer one from three essay questions on the stimuli.

PAPER 2 - Coursework

Each candidate will have 3 pieces of practical work assessed:
1) group performance of an extract from a published play (each candidate marked individually)
2)  group performance of an original devised piece. (each candidate marked individually)
3) a monologue of up to 5 minutes duration, either devised or  from a published play.

This is a varied and challenging course allowing students to practically explore a diverse range of theatrical approaches, conventions and techniques. It provides students with an excellent foundation for post 16 courses such as the International Baccalaureate.

As part of the course students are offered opportunities to broaden their experiences outside the classroom working with practitioners, participating in workshops and attending a number of theatre performances. 

The study of Drama at IGCSE can open many doors in a student’s career path through the development of: interpersonal skills, team building, presentation and communication skills and conflict resolution.

 

A Level

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies (8DR01)
- First examination 2014
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies (9DR01)
-First examination 2014

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre

Content summary: This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.
Assessment: This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the centre, in a practical and active way. At least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner. A video/DVD of one session of the practical work must be made available for use in moderation. A set of Exploration Notes must be submitted. Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation

UNIT 2 Theatre Text in Performance

Content summary: This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience.
Assessment: This is an externally assessed unit. The first section requires students to offer either a monologue or duologue. The second section requires students to contribute to a
performance of a professionally published play by a known writer. Students may offer either acting or a design form and must also provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.

A2 THEATRE

UNIT 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance

Content summary: This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production. Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work. Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance.

UNIT 4 Theatre Text in Context

Content summary: This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.
Assessment: This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections. Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way. In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be
experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.