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KS4 Drama

Drama is a popular option choice among students of all abilities. Following the AQA Examination Board, we usually have two parallel groups in both Year 10 and Year 11.

Throughout the course, students are exposed to various genres and styles of theatre, a number of practitioners and theatre companies and are led through explorative strategies in order to create their own theatre performances. Specifically we look at Stanislavski and Naturalism, Brecht and Epic Theatre and Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty. We also explore the work of Physical Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly.

Over the two years, students will study three components:

Component 1 (Understanding Drama)

Students explore ‘Blood Brothers’, from the perspective of a performer and a designer, and write about it in a 1 hour 45 minute written exam. They also analyze a live theatre performance. The examination takes place in the summer term of Year 11.

 40% of the qualification.

Component 2 (Devising Drama)

Students create an extended group performance based on a given stimulus. A devising log accompanies their practical performance. The assessment takes place in the autumn term of Year 11.

40% of the qualification.

Component 3 (Texts in Practice)

Students perform two extracts, examined by an external examiner. The examination takes place in the spring term of Year 11.

20% of the qualification.

We choose texts to both challenge students and enable them to showcase their strengths. Plays we have used in previous years have included: ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright, ‘Shakers’ and ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber, ‘Hymns’ by Chris O’Connell and ‘Pool (No Water)’ by Mark Ravenhill.

Throughout the course there are many opportunities to visit the theatre. Witnessing professional work provides the learners with ideas and inspiration for their own devised work and developing the ability to analyse performances, as stated above, is a requirement of the written exam.

The content of the course provides a smooth transition to A-level courses in Drama and Theatre Studies.