SWRA’s Drama Curriculum offers our students tremendous opportunities for personal development, nurturing self-assurance and building resilience. Our actors become articulate and confident communicators – essential attributes for success in whatever profession they choose to endeavour.
In Years 7 & 8 we teach students how to create their own pieces of drama using the strategies and theatrical conventions that make up the building blocks of performance. Students will work collaboratively in groups in order to produce small pieces of practical work. Schemes of work covered include:
Darkwood Manor – Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Devising – History of Theatre – The Exam – The Lift – Practitioners – Teechers
Devising, Performance From Text & Theatre Makers in Practice.
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basics of theatre craft and performance. Students will gain an understanding of what is dramatically effective and how to convey meaning on stage.
Students will be taken to see professional pieces of theatre which will improve understanding of the subject and provide students with ideas for their own drama work. It is a very exciting course, full of opportunities to explore complex ideas and to learn how to communicate meaning through drama.
Component 1: Devising (Coursework) 40% – • Students will create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus • Performance of this devised piece. • Portfolio – Students will analyse and evaluate the devising process & performance. (2000 words)
Component 2: Performance from Text 20% – • Students will perform two key extracts from a performance text. (Monologue/Duologue and a Group piece)
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Written examination: 40% – • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text. • Live theatre evaluation.
The A Level Drama & Theatre course develops your understanding of Drama from GCSE and puts practical work at the heart of each of the 3 components of study. It is an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. For those students who have enjoyed their GCSE Drama course, they will love this. Students explore different playwrights, practitioners and texts in detail and develop the ability to be an outstanding actor.
Component 1 – Devising 40% of A-Level
• Students will create and develop a devised piece influenced by a chosen play extract and a theatre practitioner.
• Performance of this devised piece.
• Portfolio – Students will analyse and evaluate the devising process & performance. (3000 words)
Component 2 – Text in Performance 20% of A-Level
- Students will perform two key extracts from TWO performance texts.
1) A monologue or a duologue performance from one key extract from one performance text.
2) A group performance of one key extract from a different performance text.
Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (The Exam) 40% of A-Level
Practical exploration and study of 2 complete performance texts. • Live theatre evaluation.
There are three areas to be covered in the exam.
1) A live theatre evaluation.
2) Page to stage: realisation of a complete performance text.
3) Interpreting one complete performance text, in light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience.