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Drama

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Course: GCSE Drama (2DR01)

Teacher of Drama:

Mr. M. Hardcastle

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Introduction

Drama is taught to all pupils in KS3 and as an option at KS4. Currently, there is one in Year 11 and 1 group in Year 10 studying GCSE. The school follows the Pearson (Edexcel) syllabus.

There is an emphasis on performance and nurturing an appreciation for drama as an art form. There is also importance placed on how drama can be used as a way of exploring ideas and topics.

Students are given the opportunity to perform in lessons as well as in major school productions. Recent productions have included:

‘Bugsy Malone’

‘Grease’

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

‘The Tempest’

Trips AND Visits

Over recent years, the school has run theatre trips to see:

  • ‘The Kite Runner’
  • ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’
  • ‘Teechers’
  • ‘1984’
  • ‘Bugsy Malone’

KEY STAGE 3

Students are introduced to the drama strategies and techniques that are used at GCSE and beyond. These include:

  • Still image
  • Thought tracking
  • Characterisation techniques
  • Cross cutting
  • Performance styles

Pupils have the opportunity within drama lessons to develop their self-confidence, social skills and communication skills.

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils follow the Pearson Drama course:

Component 1 Devising Plays  -  40%

  • Create and develop a devised piece from stimulus (free choice for centre).
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of

this process

2) a devised performance

 

Component 2 Performance from a text  -  20%

  • You will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.

Assessment overview

  • AO2 is assessed.
  • Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice   -   40%

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text
  • Choice of eight performance texts
  • Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production.

 

What could I do next with a GCSE in Drama?

There are many things that pupils can go on to do with a GCSE in Drama, possibly to go on take AS or A’ Level Drama or Theatre Studies. Or alternatively students may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of Drama, or where they will need to use some of the skills developed during this course.  Drama is about developing the much needed life skills of communication, team work and interpretation of situations.
 

Pupils must have a good level of English in order to take the course and be able to work independently in groups.  Pupils should also be committed to attending theatre productions.  These are an essential part of the course as watching live theatre enables pupils to develop an understanding of what makes a powerful performance.