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Drama

All the world's a stage, and the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…

William Shakespeare.

Drama is a valued subject at Prince William School playing a significant part in the development of The Five Cs which are a skillset each student can take with them through all walks of life:

  • Creativity
  • Confidence
  • Cooperation
  • Coordination
  • Communication

Students are given the opportunity to work on whole class, group and individual performances. A variety of scripts are studied using a range of dramatic skills and conventions, which enable them to create effective theatre. Students will learn to devise coherent narrative, sustain believable character and understand typical conventions of various genres for example; Realism and Naturalism, Expressionism, Absurdism and Musical Theatre.

Students will have the opportunity to see live performances which will enhance their understanding for the theatre and the application of acting/design and directing skills.

  • Some of the most recent trips our drama students have had the opportunity to attend:
  • Miss Saigon, London.
  • Wicked The Musical, London
  • Frankenstein, The Stahl Theatre

Students will also have the chance to be involved in various drama workshops. Last year, we had an amazing opportunity to work with Frantic Assembly, a world renowned physical theatre company.

Students will have the opportunity to be involved in the UK Rock Challenge, a competition that involves schools from all over the UK.

Students can also get involved in school productions/musicals where they will have the opportunity to be a performer or part of the technical team.

KS3

In KS3 each student will receive one, hour long, Drama lesson a week which is excellent preparation for GCSE and A level. They will learn the appropriate skills for creating, performing and responding. A variety of scripts are used from different genres of theatre and stimuli from other cultures which allow students to create interesting and engaging devised pieces of drama. Each topic lasts half a term, ending with the students being assessed in three main areas; Create, Perform, Evaluate.

Some of the topics that are studied at KS3:

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Key Skills

Basic Drama Skills

It's Behind You!

The History of Pantomime

Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

Script

Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Anansi

African/Stories with a Mora

Outlof Joint

Theatre Company

Bugsy Malone

Musical Theatre

 

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Street Gangs

Basic Stage Combat

Evacuees

WW2

Learning for Life

Focus/Creativity/Team Work

Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Bullying

Theatre in Education

Out of Joint

Theatre company

Our Day Out

Technical Theatre Design

 

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Missing Children

Theatre in Education

GB Soap Opera

Genre

Devising

Working with a stimulus

Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Two

Duologues

Hillsborough Disaster

Devised Performance

Max Stafford Clark

Influential Practitioners

 

KS4

At GCSE, students study the EDUQAS/ WJEC Specification. This GCSE specification in Drama is designed to give pupils a broad and balanced experience of drama. Although each of the units has its own assessment focus, it is vital that the content of the specification is taught in a holistic method, so that the skills are not learned in isolation but are integrated, to ensure that candidates learn how to apply knowledge and understanding across a range of dramatic activities. This GCSE specification requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Different genres and performance styles
  • The ways in which meaning is communicated through drama
  • A range of staging and performance conventions
  • Drama terminology and how to use it appropriately
  • How plays are constructed and realised through the study of at least one substantial published play
  • How to create, interpret and communicate a role or character
  • Drama within its social, cultural and historical context

The students will study a range of Theatre Practitioners and Genres and will have the opportunity to showcase their exam work as public performances.

Component 1: Devising Theatre

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

40% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a

piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential

theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.

Learners must produce:

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design

Component 2: Performing from a Text

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

20% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.

Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification

Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

1. The Tempest by William Shakespeare

2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

3. Hard to Swallow by Mark Wheeller

4. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford

5. DNA by Dennis Kelly

Section B: Live Theatre Review

One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

This linear qualification will be available for assessment in May/June each year.

KS5

Component 1: Theatre Workshop

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

20% of qualification.  Learners will be assessed on either acting or design

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

Learners must produce: 

  • a realisation of the performance or
  • design a creative log

Component 2: Text in Action

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

40% of qualification.  Learners will be assessed on either acting or design

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:

1.    a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)

2.    an extract from a text in a different style chosen by the learner.  Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner. Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work

Component 3: Text in Performance Written examination:

2 hours 30 minutes 40% of qualification

Sections A and B Open book:

Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination. Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre- 1956 and one written post-1956.

Pre-1956:

The Trojan Women by Euripides

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Post-1956:

Saved by Edward Bond

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo

Racing Demon by David Hare

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Section C Closed book:

The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper. A question based on a specified extract from:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.  Details of the 10-15 minute extract will be released during the first week of March, in the year in which the examination is to be taken.

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