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Drama Department Staff

Mrs G Smith (Head of Department)

Why Study Drama?

In a society in which effective communication is essential, the study of drama helps to develop verbal and non-verbal, individual and group communication skills which are important skills for life.  Drama enhances pupils’ creative ability and provides them with opportunities to understand themselves and the world around us.  In Drama, pupils study the four forms of drama - acting, improvisation, mime and dance drama - through a variety of themes and written texts.  These challenging texts and themes encourage an exploration of the intellectual, social, physical, emotional and moral dimensions of life, through learning which involves thought, feeling and action.  Drama fosters good self-discipline, confidence and team work and develops skills in interpreting texts, researching and negotiating.  Pupils devise drama pieces and learn, through appraisals of their work, how facial expression, voice, gesture, movement, atmosphere and mood can all be employed to enhance performances.  

KS3 Drama Course Details

Year 8 Knowledge

  • Audience, Believability, Focus  

  • Cooperation, Negotiation, Character  

  • Performance, Tableaux, Props,  Evaluation  

  • Improvisation, Instant Improvisation, Freeze Frame  

  • Teacher in Role, Role Play, Hot Seating,  Evaluation  

  • Empathy,  Accepting and Blocking 

  • Vocal skills: Volume, Tone, Pitch, Pace, Projection 

  • Physical Skills: Body Language,  Gesture, Facial Expression, Actions, Levels 

Year 9 Knowledge

  • Character Role on the Wall,  Monologue,  Duologue  

  • Thought Tracking,  Conscience Alley,  Mime, Accent  

  • Performance Skills,  Polishing,  Projection,  Timing,  

  • Blocking,  Stage Directions,  Script Movement,  Levels, Eye Contact

  • Set Design,  Costume Design,  Lighting,  Sound, Careers Options 

  • Script Writing, Character Profile, Rehearsal Techniques,  Director,  Spacial Awareness, Making Drama

“We all must do Theatre, we must do theatre to find out who we are and to discover who we could become.”

– Augusta Boal  

Image by Max Muselmann

Career Options

Studying Drama can lead to a variety of career options. Some of these include:

  • Actor

  • Arts Administrator

  • Broadcast Journalist

  • Choreographer

  • Cinematographer

  • Copywriter

  • Costume Designer

  • Dancer

  • Newspaper Journalist

  • Set Designer

  • Stage Manager

  • Television Presenter

  • Film Producer

  • Theatrical Producer

  • Writer

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