The Drama department encourages all girls to participate in and explore all elements of Drama and Theatre.
Drama classes take place in the fully equipped black box Drama Studio which is installed with professional stage lighting and sound equipment. Drama lessons offer the girls a release from the traditional classroom setting and a safe environment in which to explore structured plays, ranging from the classics, to modern day writers, as well as harnessing the girls creativity through devising projects and workshops. The department prides itself in developing the girls' confidence and team skills and seeks to establish good practice for practical work and encourage a love of theatre.
Head of Department
Miss V Jackson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs S Fischer - email@example.com
Ms S O'Callaghan - firstname.lastname@example.org
As a department we aspire to:
▪ Cultivate links between the drama curriculum in school and society in general, including current affairs, developments in the literary world, and cross-curricular links with other subjects, thereby developing students’ empathy towards and understanding of others and of society;
▪ Provide a supportive environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place by having high expectations of everyone, assessing and carefully responding to the needs of all students by monitoring their progress and regularly evaluating departmental practice;
▪ Work collaboratively to build on the professional strengths of the department and identify areas for improvement;
▪ Equip students with a range of dramatic forms, skills and tools with which to interact with and analyse dramatic texts/productions, both of themselves and others, and with the language necessary for the communication of these;
▪ Foster a sensitivity to and appreciation of the theatre in all its diverse and ever-changing forms;
▪ Cultivate a safe environment in which students are sensitive to the needs of others and increase in confidence in their own abilities, particularly in the area of verbal and non-verbal communication.
YEARS 7, 8 AND 9
At Key Stage Three the department introduces and explores a range of theatrical styles and approaches. Through performance work and written assessments, the girls explore an; Introduction to Drama Skills, Devising (based on a theme), Contemporary Scripted Theatre, Practitioner Exploration and a play by William Shakespeare (this year, Macbeth). The condensed lessons in Year 9 aim to prepare the girls for some of the components within the GCSE course.
YEARS 10 & 11 - GCSE Drama (AQA)
The GCSE course helps students develop an understanding of many creative and challenging activities. The girls are required to prepare and perform two controlled assessments; a Devised and a Scripted piece, and at the end of the two year course there is a written exam.
Currently the girls learn about the theories and practices of the theatre company Kneehigh and create a performance based on a set theme using Kneehigh’s rehearsal techniques and exercises. Scripted Work will vary from year to year depending on the cohort and the interests of the girls but we have had very successful controlled assessments using plays by Shakespeare, Mike Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, John Godber, Caryl Churchill, and Charlotte Keatley.
Assessment takes into account the girl's contribution during the preparation period as well as their final performance. The department puts a great deal of emphasis on live theatre production and organises at least two trips/year to see a play/performance. In the past, this has included trips to; 39 Steps, Blood Brothers, Woman in Black and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time but this will vary depending on what the London Theatre scene has to offer. The girls will explore ways of analysing theatre through detailed examination of the different elements of theatre.
SIXTH FORM - A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (WJEC)
The proposed subject content for GCE Drama requires candidates to study a minimum of two complete performance texts plus three key extracts covering a range of periods and contexts. Candidates will also participate in a minimum of two performances; one devised and one text performance. The girls will need to consider the working methods of a theatre practitioner in their devised performance work.
The current A2 girls have studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blue Remembered Hills at AS Level and Uncle Vanya and The Rose Tattoo at A2 for their written exam and will also prepare to be able to write about live theatre (AS) and an unseen script (A2).
The current AS girls will explore Cat On a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams for their written exam and Ash Girl by Timberlake Wertenbaker for their reinterpretation of a text unit. They will perform extracts from Sophocles’ Antigone as their Scripted performance.
Assessment takes into account the girl's contribution during the preparation period as well as their final performance. The department puts a great deal of emphasis on live theatre production and organises at least four trips/year to see a play/performance. In the past, this has included trips to many different plays in a range of theatres such as - The Royal Court Theatre, The Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre, The Almeida and many other West End and Fringe productions. The girls will explore ways of analysing theatre through a detailed examination of the different elements of theatre. The GCE is 60% non-exam assessment and 40% exam assessment.
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
Whole School Musical
In previous years this has included:
Into The Woods
Guys and Dolls
A Little Princess
This has run for the past two years and has taken inspiration from the Brothers' Grimm's Fairy Tales.
This is run for the lower school by Drama Mentors in the sixth form.
Lessons are available on a weekly basis. Please visit http://www.allsortsdrama.com/ for more details.
The department organises numerous trips on a termly basis, taking for granted the wide range of theatres and shows available to us in our central location.