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Curriculum

Drama

GCSE Drama - Overview

Why study GCSE Drama? Studying creative Drama has huge personal benefits for students. It helps with building self-confidence, speaking in public, and developing interpersonal skills. Drama helps us to be more aware of how our physical presentation can affect the way others see us. Drama promotes the ability to work successfully as an individual and as part of a group using our practical, creative and critical skills - all vital if we are to make a valuable contribution in our future work. Ethically, Drama provides the motivation for us to evaluate our values and beliefs. Drama stimulates the imagination and, as Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is far more important than knowledge.”

GCSE Drama (Yr. 10 & Yr. 11)

Firstly, students familiarize themselves and/or learn the key elements that comprise the language of Drama:

  • Explorative Strategies: ways of using drama to explore topics, themes, issues, play texts and performance.
  • The Drama Medium: the language of drama – costume, masks/make-up, sound & music, lighting, space & levels, proxemics & semiotics, set & props, movement & gesture, voice & language.
  • Elements of Drama: what makes up a performance – action, plot & content, forms, genre, rhythm, pace & tempo, symbols, characterisation.

Students are then assessed through three Units of work:

  • Unit One - Drama Exploration: students will be assessed through a six-hour practical workshop and a written documentary response to their work = 30% of their final mark.
  • Unit Two - Exploring play texts: students will be assessed through a six-hour practical exploration and a documentary response to the exploration, as well as a written response to a live theatre performance = 30% of their final mark.
  • Unit Three - Drama Performance: students will be assessed by presenting their work in a public performance = 40% of their final mark.

GCSE Drama course content in more detail:

  • Explorative Strategies: ways of using drama to explore topics, themes, issues, play texts and performance.
  • The Drama Medium: the language of drama – costume, masks/make-up, sound & music, lighting, space & levels, proxemics & semiotics, set & props, movement & gesture, voice & language.
  • Elements of Drama: what makes up a performance – action, plot & content, forms, genre, rhythm, pace & tempo, symbols, characterisation.
  • Drama Exploration: using stimuli to create drama and communicate meaning.
  • Exploring play texts: by using dramatic skills, and through understanding dramatic language students learn to interpret in practical ways different play texts.
  • Response to live theatre: through understanding the language of drama students learn to evaluate and reflect on a live theatre performance.
  • Drama Performance: students use an existing play text, or devise and script their own; students perform their work to a live audience.

 

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