Why study Drama?
Drama is a subject that can lead to any destination. By exploring issues and stories through dramatic technique we develop skills such as research, negotiation, communication, teamwork and cooperation. With these skills you will be better equipped to proceed to your chosen area of industry, whatever that might be, whilst also learning the skills and techniques essential for progression in the Performing Arts industry, which as a whole is the UK's second largest employer.
Key Stage 3 Drama
In the first two years at All Saints students currently study Drama for one hour, once a fortnight. In this time we introduce students to the basic skills, techniques and explorative strategies used in Drama such as still image, hot-seating, role play, thought tracking and flashback. We experiment with voice, movement and gesture whilst learning how to create and portray believable characters. Students explore a variety of different topics, including investigating storytelling techniques, unravelling the mystery of a ghost story and exploring what it would have been like to be an evacuee during World War II.
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We also begin to look at the work of William Shakespeare, using techniques learnt from the Royal Shakespeare Company to engage students with Shakespearean text.
Key Stage 4 Drama
In Year 8 students are required to select their Option subjects. At present students have the option of studying a Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting). This is a vocational course during which students analyse performance work, learn acting skills and techniques and apply this learning to numerous performances to small and large audiences. We attend the theatre regularly and work closely with outside artists and agencies such as Lawrence Batley Theatre and Kirklees Council.
The primary focus of the course is to give students the opportunity to experience the Performing Arts industry in a meaningful context through active participation in performance work. This will include not only performing but also being responsible for the production process including aspects of design and management.
The course allows students to experiment with the Performing Arts discipline in a real context for a specific target audience and enables them to choose the way in which they deliver it to the performance outcome.
- Actively engage in the processes of Performing Arts.
- Develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry.
The need for continuous practice and improvement is fundamental to the aims of the course, and clear and detailed rehearsal schedules should be produced as an ongoing focus for development. This will be achieved through the ongoing production of a log book where each lesson you will be required to update your work, showing an understanding and analysis of the work covered in lesson.