Drama


Head of Department

Mr A Raffle

 

Why Choose Drama?

Students take Drama at Blue Coat for a range of reasons. Many have a passion for the subject and opt for Drama to build their performance or their theatre design skills. Other students want to build confidence, teamworking and communication skills. All Drama students will tell you they chose the subject because it is fun! We are also very lucky to have a fantastic theatre and facilities at Blue Coat in which you will create, grow and learn. Drama is an excellent subject to include in your portfolio of qualifications. A GCSE or A Level in Drama tells prospective employers that you are a team player, creative, confident, logical and very well organised.

 

Department Ethos

The Drama Department at Blue Coat provides highly effective teaching and learning in drama, theatre studies and live performance. It aims to equip each student with a wide range of practical skills; a thorough knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre from a variety of periods and cultures; the ability to form opinions about their own and other’s work; develop self confidence in performing and presentation; and the desire to appreciate live theatre as both a performer and audience independently.

 

Curriculum | Key Stage 3

All students establish and build key acting skills including vocal skills, physical skills and how to develop a characterisation. Students learn key Drama and staging conventions such as narration, still images, cross cutting, mime and many more. There is also a gentle introduction to some elements of theatre design, such as lighting, costume, set and sound design. These skills are built up through the topics below:

Year 7 Topics: Induction to Drama, Detectives, Elizabethan Theatre, Superheroes, Matilda, The Party.

Year 8 Topics: Warden X, Weddings, The Red Shoes, Hit and Run, Our Day Out, Augusto Boal

 

Curriculum | Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification.

The course balances theoretical understanding and practical work and challenges students to develop creative, logical, collaborative skills. To complete the course, students will:

  • Devise an original piece of theatre based on a stimulus in the role of performer or designer (lighting, sound, set, costume or puppetry).
  • Stage and present two extracts from a published play in the role of performer or designer (lighting, sound, set, costume or puppetry).
  • Produce one piece of coursework reflecting on the process of making an original piece of theatre (either essay style, scrap book or recording).
  • Practically study a set text (Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers”) and answer questions in a written exam on performance and design ideas for this play.

See a live performance at a professional theatre and evaluate the experience in a written examination.

 

Curriculum | Key Stage 5

We follow the AQA A Level Drama and Theatre specification.

 

Students build theoretical understanding and practical skills in relation to famous theatre directors, designers and theatre companies. A range of play texts will be studied from different genres/styles and time periods. Students participate in four live performance projects. To complete the course students will:

  • Devise an original piece of theatre in the style of a theatre practitioner, based on a stimulus of the students’ own choosing. Students take on the role of either: director, performer or designer (lighting, sound, set, costume or puppetry).
  • Present one extract from three contrasting published plays by applying the rehearsal methodologies of different theatre practitioners. Students take on the role of either: director, performer or designer (lighting, sound, set, costume or puppetry).
  • Produce two pieces of coursework reflecting on the rehearsal processes and application of practitioner style (either essay style, scrap book or recording).
  • Practically study two set texts (Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”) and answer questions in a written exam on directing, performance and design ideas for these plays.

See a live performance at a professional theatre and evaluate the experience in a written examination.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

We stage a minimum of three productions annually. One for Years 7-9, another for Years 10-13 and a musical for all year groups. Recent productions include: The Wiz, Hairspray, Lord of the Flies, The LadyKillers, Ignite and The Canterbury Tales.

 

We run a weekly Drama Club for KS3 students and an improvisation Club for KS4/5. For years 9 and above, there is a Design & Technical Theatre Club.

 

The Drama department regularly hosts workshops led by visiting theatre professionals and organises theatre trips to a range of professional venues.

 

Future Careers

Anyone wishing to pursue a career in theatre, TV/film, broadcasting or media should consider opting for Drama. Students also find Drama a useful option to access careers in marketing, teaching, youth work, therapy, sales, leadership and arts administration. We have even had Drama students from Blue Coat go on to medical professions! Employers recognise that Drama students are confident, creative, determined and hard-working individuals.

 

Event & Production Tickets

Tickets can be purchased for events by following the link provided below.

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bluecoattheatre

 

Exam Board & Specifications

GCSE DRAMA

Exam Board: AQA

Specification code: 8261

QAN code: 601/8575/2

 

A LEVEL DRAMA AND THEATRE

Exam board: AQA

Specification code: 7262

QAN code: 601/8494/2

 

Current curriculum specifications can be downloaded below:

GCSE Specification A LEVEL Specification