Drama

INTRODUCTION

Drama is a subject which has grown in popularity.  The success of school shows and high student involvement has raised the profile of the subject. Drama allows students to improve their self-esteem, confidence, understanding and communication skills. Drama enables students to be creative and experiment with different texts and improve their skills of self-expression. It is closely linked to the study of History, English and Literature.

KS3

Year 7:

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • Greek Theatre
  • Spontaneous Improvisation
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Performing Arts Competition

Year 8:

  • Commedia Dell’arte
  • Mask and Mime
  • Evacuees
  • Our Day Out by Willy Russell
  • Performing Arts Competition

Year 9:

  • Horror and Tension
  • Script Work
  • Practitioners
  • Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
  • Devising Theatre

KS4

Drama is increasing in popularity at Slough and Eton. The GCSE course offers students the opportunity to develop their performance skills as well as their understanding of Drama and Theatre. We try to keep most of the course practical. As well as creating their own pieces of Drama they will also learn about different practitioners, different elements of the theatre and study a play text. For your GCSE it is also a requirement that you see a professional production which you will then write about.

The course is aimed at raising your performance skills but also helps with transferable skills such as team work and empathetic skills.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Drama department offers students across the school the chance to be involved in whole school productions such as The School of Rock, The Wizard of Oz, Grease and Hercules.

We run a Drama Club afterschool were students with a passion for Drama can come and build their skills.

We as a school take part in the Shakespeare School Festival. This is where a group of students rehearse a Shakespeare play and then perform it in a professional theatre in front of a paying audience. Students who do not want to perform also have the opportunity to help backstage whether it be doing lights and sound or hair, makeup and costume.

Alongside this there is a constant stream of events within school that the students are involved with and gives them the chance to showcase their talent.

Each Year the Year 7’s and Year 8’s take part in a Performing Arts competition against each class. This is linked with the Music Department.

THEATRE TRIPS

Theatre trips are integral to the GCSE and watching live theatre as much as possible is essential. Students have had the opportunity to visit and watch a wide range of productions such as: Lord of the Flies, Hamlet and Key Change. One year the GCSE class were able to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to see The Tempest and take part in a workshop run by The Royal Shakespeare Company. We also encourage students of all ages to visit the theatre and run trips and workshops throughout the year.

Qualifications

KS4

Qualification

Examining Body

GCSE Drama

Eduqas

 

Staff

Miss C Miller

Head of Drama - charlotte.miller@slougheton.com

Mr J Clements

Performing Arts Teacher