Drama and Theatre Studies
In the Drama and Theatre Studies department we strive above all to craft excellent productions and to give actors and technicians alike a creative and engaging training in the basics of theatre.
Pupils learn both in the classroom and in the extra-curricular setting, developing academic skills and techniques which they can then apply in performance.
Drama is an extremely popular activity throughout the school, with more than 400 pupils involved in production and performance during a typical year. The school has a purpose-built theatre and plenary space but also uses professional venues in the city including Norwich Theatre Royal, The Playhouse, The Maddermarket, Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Garage and Epic Film Studios. Access to the professional world of theatre allows the pupils to gain insight into both technical and on-stage experiences, preparing them for life beyond the classroom.
All pupils in Lower 4 and Upper 4 participate in weekly lessons where they are encouraged to discover their dramatic potential - creative, physical and linguistic. These vital junior years form the foundation of the subject, lending a firm focus on skills, communication and creative exploration.
In Lower 4 pupils are taught in a half-termly rotation with Music, allowing us to keep the class size down to 12. This allows us to concentrate on the needs of individuals, developing their confidence and their ability to collaborate within a small group.
Lower 4 pupils ‘cut their teeth’ in performance as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival in June where they stage short, scripted group performances.
In Upper 4, pupils participate in one double drama lesson per week on a half-termly rotation with the Music department. The focus during this year is still upon practice but also gives pupils a grounding in theatre - practitioners, production and performance, as well as terminology and theatrical styles.
In Lower 5, pupils choose a creative preference. The first term explores three disciplines: Devising, Scripted Material and Physical Theatre. The group works on, rehearses and performs a full piece, usually lasting about 30 minutes. This allows pupils to experience the demands of a full production within an academic setting. The honing of skills remains paramount and these are taught implicitly through workshops and production.
GCSE drama is taught in small groups enabling us to provide a focussed and individually-tailored experience.
The AS and A2 courses follow the Edexcel syllabus.
Lower 6 follows the A2 linear Edexcel Drama and Theatre Course. The structure of the syllabus allows pupils to explore scripts both as performer and director, to perform in a directed play either as actors or technical candidates.
The skills taught within this course often serve as a conduit, leading pupils on to various theatre-based courses at university or drama school.
Link to relevant external exam boards
GCSE DRAMA SPECIFICATION:
EDEXCEL A LEVEL SPECIFICATION: