Drama - Year 10 and 11
Drama and Theatre Studies GCSE - EDUQAS - specification code 601/8420/6
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This is a two year course designed to improve acting skills and knowledge of theatre. The course combines elements of different theatre styles and genres. There is a focus on group acting skills and during the course students will perform extracts from well known plays and also work in groups to produce original devised theatre. The course suits students who are confident performers and students who enjoy writing about theatre. Enthusiasm and passion are essential.
Through a series of workshops, students will be introduced to the main drama techniques and skills. They will work on styles such as pantomime, physical theatre, naturalistic theatre and more surreal spooky styles.
As the year progresses students work on devising skills such teamwork and communication and look at how to write and perform monologues. Students also go to see live theatre for inspiration and ideas to use in their own original drama pieces.
By the end of the year, all students will have experienced a mixture of scripted and devised work and will have completed performances in groups and also as individuals
Students will work in groups to produce an original drama piece in Unit 1 Devising Drama.
After this, they will start to explore different play texts in preparation for the second assessment, Unit 2: Performance from a text. Students will have a choice of a variety of plays that are different in style and genre; this work will be ongoing as the assessment is in the spring term.
In the run-up to summer students will prepare for the final assessment, which is a written exam on a popular play text. Although the exam is written, students explore the plays through practical workshops and group work to help visualise the play from the point of view of an actor and also a director.