Theme of the week is: Communication
GCSE Drama offers students more than just another exam pass. You will acquire skills in working with others as well as problem solving and communication. GCSE Drama helps you to feel more confident and prepares you to deal with a range of different people and situations when you leave school including interviews and delivering presentations.
GCSE Drama follows on from the work you have done in lower school but you will develop your acting skills to a much higher level. You will also look at ways of bringing a script alive on stage using lighting, sound, costumes, make-up and set as well as the role of the director and the theatre industry as a whole.
It is expected and essential that you demonstrate a mature attitude in every lesson, particularly when approaching emotive issues or when working individually. GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to be in somebody else's shoes and seeing life from different perspectives. You will play many parts in different and often challenging situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people, including various theatrical styles and practitioners.
The course has 3 sections:
Unit 1 - Devised Performance. In this unit students are expected to create an original piece of theatre from scratch using techniques from a well-known theatre practitioner. They will create ideas, develop a script, design lights, sound, costume and set and perform it all to a live audience. There is also a coursework portfolio of supporting evidence and a written evaluation.
Unit 2 - Scripted Performance. In this unit students will perform extracts from a professional published play to a visiting examiner.
Unit 3 - Written Exam. Students will study a published play throughout the course and will answer questions on acting, design, rehearsal techniques and directing ideas in the examination. Students are also required to see a piece of live theatre and answer questions evaluating what they have seen in the written exam.
During the course you will have the chance to attend theatre trips, participate in workshops, work with A Level students and will be given opportunities to audition for specialist projects such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival.