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Drama

Staff within the Department

Jessica Smith– Head of Drama

BA Hons Drama and Theatre Arts

Drama is a highly creative and dynamic subject that allows students to question, explore and make sense of the world around them. In drama lessons at The Ellen Wilkinson School, pupils will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different styles and genres of theatre, to study the theories of various practitioners and to engage with a range of dramatic texts. Drama builds confidence and encourages pupils to work collaboratively and creatively. Drama is an option subject for GCSE and A Level at The Ellen Wilkinson School.

 

Curriculum

KS3

Drama is studied by all students in year 7 and year 8 for one term as part of our carousel system.

Year 7

Mime and Mask

Working with Text

The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – by David Calcutt

Year 8

Physical Theatre

Interpreting the text 

Hard to Swallow – by Mark Wheeler

 

We follow the Edexcel specification for GCSE Drama. You can find out more about what this involves at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

Activities to do at home

  • Ask your parents or guardians to take you to the theatre
  • Join a drama club
  • Write a scene for a play – use your imagination!

KS4

At KS4 we prepare students for the components they will need to complete for their GCSE. These include devising and developing original theatre, performing extracts from a text, analysing live theatre and considering a play from the perspective of an actor, a director and a designer.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Contemporary Theatre - Frantic Assembly

 

Commedia dell Arte

DNA – by Dennis Kelly

 

Set Design

Devising Theatre

Year 10

Live Theatre Analysis

 

Stanislavski and The Crucible –by Arthur Miller

GCSE Component 1- Devising

GCSE Component 3

The Government Inspector – by Nikolai Gogol

Year 11

GCSE Component 3

The Government Inspector – by Nikolai Gogol

 

Live Theatre Analysis

GCSE Component 2

Performing a Text

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

GCSE Component 3

Exam Preparation

 

We follow the Edexcel specification for GCSE Drama. You can find out more about what this involves at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

Activities to do at home

  • Go to the theatre – Try the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush or the Lyric in Hammersmith
  • Join a drama club – The lyric have a great youth programme and often it’s completely free!
  • Visit the National Theatre website for cheap tickets, events, videos and much more. nationaltheatre.org.uk

KS5

At KS5 study the work of recognised theatre companies and practitioners to develop their performance and rehearsal skills. They also perform extracts and monologues to a live audience and develop their own directors concept for an imagined production.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Devising

Using a key extract and a Theatre Practitioner

Text in Performance

Performing an extract and a monologue

Text in Performance

continued

Year 13

Page to Stage

Equus – Peter Shaffer

Interpreting a Performance Text

Woyzeck – George Buchner

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

 

We follow the Edexcel specification for GCSE Drama. You can find out more about what this involves at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

Activities to do at home

  • Go and see as much theatre as possible  – Try the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush, The Gate in Notting Hill or the Lyric in Hammersmith
  • Visit the National Theatre website for cheap tickets, events, videos and much more. nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • Read a play – there are so many fantastic plays out there to read – theatre bookshops have some excellent collections and can recommend you something you’ll enjoy.

 

Enrichment Activities and Trips

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KS3 Drama Club

Open to year 7 and 8

Shakespeare Schools Festival

At the Watermans Arts Centre

Our Annual Summer Production

Auditions are in January

Various Theatre Trips throughout the year!

 

The Christmas Concert

Perform a scene or poem!

Lunchtime Concerts

Share the work you’ve been doing in Drama!

 

Career Paths

Drama provides students with skills in creativity, leadership, collaboration, problem solving, audience targeting, public speaking, charisma and much more. There are many career paths that drama could help you with.

Law

Teaching

Leading a Team

Advertising

Stage Management

Acting

Public Relations

Set Design