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Drama

Increasingly the power of drama is being recognised as one of the most effective ways to develop skills and emotional intelligence in young people. Drama promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation, socialisation and problem solving.

The essence of Drama lies in its capacity to provide students with the opportunity to ‘pretend to be someone else’. It is through such acts of imagination that students are able to explore the way they might behave and react in different circumstances and within different social and cultural parameters. 

 
 
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I regard the theatre as 

the most immediate way 

in which a human being 

can share with another the 

sense of what it is to be a 

human being. 

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Oscar Wilde

At RFSS students will grow to learn about themselves as a person and a performing artist. Students are given the opportunity to develop their appreciation of drama as actors, designers and directors, developing a wide range of key skills throughout their study through carefully selected texts.

Through drama we create and examine people’s actions and attitudes, including our own, and explore their context and consequences. It stimulates the imagination and creativity; it develops a better understanding of human behaviour and empathy with situations that might seem distant. It allows the development of a critical thinking and allows us to make better and more conscious decisions; it encourages us to use our bodies and our voices, it encourages and inspires us to speak out.

 

Through the use of practical work, students will be able to concentrate on areas of drama which best suit their ability and skills, such as acting. Teachers have the opportunity to teach the artistic intentions of theatre practitioners, and/or theatre companies which are best suited to their students.

What are they learning?

Year 7


Year 7 focus is to build confidence and have fun in drama. A weekly drama club is offered. Topic 1 : Circus Boy: An exploration of Process Drama and Unlocking Imagination Exploration of naturalistic / stylised forms of theatre to be presented on stage. We then move onto someting more comdeic... Topic 2: STORYTELLING & COMMEDIA 1 An exploration of storytelling in drama and the Commedia form & stock characters. Understanding navigation of Digital Theatre + The year then ends with a collaboration of music and drama with... Topic 3: Musical Theatre Exploration of Musical Theatre Form Its conventions and the process of collaborating to create a stage production.




Year 8


Year 8 focus is to, expose students to a variety of genres and forms of theatre and for them to decide what they enjoy. We have been involved with Physical Fellowship for several years. Offering students the oppportunity to work alongside a professional physical theatre company. This culminates in a perfomace at The Belgrade Theatre. Topic 1: CREATIVE ADAPTATION An exploration of drama texts and understanding the interlinking processes involved in drama. Topic 2: COMMEDIA 2 An exploration of the Commedia form and how it has been influential in contemporary comedy throughout the world. Topic 3: Page To Stage An exploration of the plot, narrative, themes, characters, setting and staging of the chosen Shakespeare play. Topic 4: IDENTITY - TIM BURTON POETRY An exploration of the plot, narrative, themes, characters, setting and staging of the chosen Shakespeare play. Topic 5 GAME OVER! An exploration of Wheeller's narrative, themes, characters, setting and contexts of 'Game Over' addressing impact of social media and grooming. Topic 6: GROUP INTERPRETATION An exploration of Group Interpretation form of theatre and techniques involved.




Potential Careers relating to your subject


Companies value drama students because of the transferable skills they bring to their business / instiution... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3DGHtpuV28 Actor / Broadcast Presenter / Community Arts Worker / Drama Therapist / Runner, broadcasting/film/video / Theatre Director / Theatre Stage Manager / Arts Administrator / Choreographer / Further Education Teacher / Media Researcher / Music Producer / Secondary School Teacher / Special Effects Technician / Talent Agent / Television Floor Manager / Theatre Manager




Year 9


Students now embark on their GCSE in drama. We begin the year by entering the Secondary Drama Festival, where we showcasework alonside local schools at Rugby School. Topic 1: WHO'S WHO? PRACTITIONERS An exploration of various theatre practitioners advised by Eduqas. To include Stanislavski, Brecht, Kneehigh and Frantic Assembly. Topic 2: Punch & Judy An exploration of Process Drama and unlocking the imagination. An exploration of Naturalistic / stylised forms of theatre to be presented on stage. Topic 3: Forms Of Theatre An exploration of various forms of theatre and techniques involved. To include Commedia, Satire, Physical Theatre, Melodrama and Farce. Topic 4: 'COMPONENT 3 -SET TEXT 'HARD TO SWALLOW' An exploration of Wheeller's narrative, themes, characters, setting and contexts of Hard To Swallow addressing impact of self-image / eating disorders and affects on family. Topic 5: Monolougues An exploration of monologues from various time periods to extend acting skills, imagination and confidence.




GCSE


Yr 10 & 11 is spent preparing, rehearsing and examining students for their Component 1, 2 & 3 examinations. Students are encouraged to book MasterClass sessions with their teacher to refine their practical and wrtten work. We offer students the opportunity to attend live theatre productions and work alonside professional artists. The exam is split into 3 components: C1 - Devised Performance exam, portfolio of evidence and evaluation of C1 exam performance. C2 - A practical exploration of selected scripted extracts. C3 - Set text and Response to Live Theatre An exploration of Digital Theatre+ & live theatre productions.





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