YEAR 9: DRAMA PERFORMANCE
|Unit 1 – Physical Theatre
Throughout this unit students will study a range of physical skills associated with the dramatical style and form. These include; lifts, floor work, mime, mask work, chorus work and more. Students will be required to devise a scene on a theme of their choice that highlights the skills taught.
| Unit 2 – Script Analysis
During this unit students will study and analyse the script “The Exam” by Andy Hamilton and through classroom practical explorations will gain and in-depth idea of the playwrights’ intentions in order to perform the characters as intended. Students should through their practical exploration gain a deeper understanding of a range of dramatic techniques that will enable them to do this.
|Unit 3 – Abstract Theatre (Presentational Theatre)
Using Edgar Allan Poe’s Story “The Tell Tale Heart,” students will develop a range of abstract skills that in order to reinterpret the story in their own devised version. Students will be introduced to lighting and sound elements in this unit and will have to take on a creative role in the realisation of their performance as a whole.
|Unit 4 – Scripted Performance
Student will study a script and will create a classroom performance of the script. Using skills covered throughout the year students will be required to take leadership of their performance, incorporating design features such as; lighting, sound, costume and set design. The script for this unit changes from year to year, previous texts have included; FAST and The curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
YEAR 10: DRAMA PERFORMANCE
|Unit 1 – Augusto Boal
Students learn about the Theatre of the Oppressed, through devised pieces which explore his many forms of theatre such as; Invisible Theatre, Forum Theatre and Image Theatre. Pupils devise a contentless scene that explores people’s perceptions and perspectives of events.
|Unit 2 – Brecht
Students begin to develop their understanding of Brechtian Theatre and look at the Epic Theatre techniques of Brecht and how they can be used in order to help challenge social and political views through the medium of drama.
|Unit 3 – Study of a Theme (The Culture of American Fear)
Students study the theme of the culture of American fear. Using the Columbine massacre as a stimulus, student explore and research how the media has had a big effect on the fear in America. Students then devise a group mimed task that aims to highlight their findings. Pupils choose to use the ideas of Brecht, Stanislavski Artaud or Grotowski in their final piece
|Unit 4 – Script Analysis and performance
During this unit students concentrate on the Youth Theatre script DNA by Dennis Kelley. Pupils explore what I meant by Youth Theatre and how to correctly communicate the themes and ideas of this to an audience.
YEAR 10: DRAMA STUDIES (MASTER COURSE)
|AIMS OF THE COURSE:
|Term 1 – Devising Theatre
Students will work in groups of between two and six performers to devise and perform an original piece of drama based on a stimuli. The piece should last approximately 15 minutes. Students have to use a range of staging techniques, e.g. lights, sound, set and costume.
|Term 2 – Group Text-based Performance
In groups students will perform a one act play or an extract from a script. Students will study the extract to enable them to understand both the text and the practical aspects of production, e.g. lights, sound, set and costume.
|Term 3 – Individual Performance
Students will perform a monologue from a play and one original one woman play.