Drama

“Drama is exposure; it is confrontation; it is contradiction and it leads to analysis, construction and recognition and eventually to an awakening of understanding.” Peter Brook

 

Staff

Head of Drama and Performing Arts: Mr. D. Thorn

Drama Teacher and Assistant Head: Ms. D. Kelly

Drama and Music Teacher: Mr. T. Matthews

 

Facilities

The Drama studio at All Saints Catholic School is, in fact, a fully operational theatre. Students that choose to study here will be taught in a purpose built performance space, equipped with raked seating, stage, wings, 4 dressing rooms and state of the art lighting and sound system. We also have the ability to create other exciting theatrical moments with our mirrorball, strobe lighting and follow spot.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 we aim to introduce students to a range of topics and issues that stimulate and educate. Students explore many different topics such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Greek Theatre, and real life issue based stories around the theme of bullying where students explore empathy and apply what they learn outside of the classroom. Within each scheme of work students are introduced to a full range of drama techniques such as Physical theatre, Mime and the explorative strategies which students develop through their 2 years of KS3.

 

Extra-Curricular

Extracurricular Drama and Music plays an important role within the life of All Saints Catholic School. We have annual music events such as our magical Christmas Concert and our endlessly inventive Summer Spectacular, and this year, the Performing Arts Faculty are proud to announce our first large scale All Saints School Production of the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’ based around the music of Queen.

Auditions for this year’s School production take place on Monday 18th September from 3.20pm – 5.00pm in the Drama Studio for all students in years 7 - 13. Students will participate in a large scale group audition and will be required to sing the first few lines of the song ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ so get practicing on you tube!

 

The production will take place on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February 2018 and information on how to obtain tickets will be released nearer the time.

Key Stage 4

Drama is an extremely popular option choice at All Saints Catholic School with students participating in 5 hours of drama per-fortnight. Students study the Edexcel GCSE drama syllabus in which students explore a whole variety of themes, stimuli and topics that aim to develop and refine their skillset even further.

Students are assessed practically through their practical drama work, coursework and then sit a final written exam. The breakdown of the course is as follows:

 

Component One: Devising (40% - 60 marks)

 

Content overview

• Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (free choice for centre).

• Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.

• Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

 

• There are two parts to the assessment:

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

of this process (45 marks)

2) a devised performance (15 marks).

 

Component Two: Performance from Text (20% - 48 marks)

 

Content overview

• Students will perform in two key extracts from a performance text.

 

Assessment overview

• Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

• Performance realisation covering both key extracts is worth 48 marks.

 

Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% - 60 marks)

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Content overview

• Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.

• Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production.

 

Assessment overview

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life

• This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses)

based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text – 45 Marks

 

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation

• This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live

theatre performance they have seen – 15 marks

• Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of

500 words.

 

GCSE Drama allows students to develop not only their performance skills, but also their group working skills as well as building their cultural capital. Previous Drama students have gone on to study at top universities and into a diverse range of careers, from nursing to teaching, performance to law and many more.

 

Key Stage 5

All Saints Catholic School will be preparing to deliver BTEC Performing Arts from September 2018.

 

At KS5 we will offer BTEC level 3 Diploma in performing Arts (Acting), this will be offered as a single award (worth 1 A-Level). Students studying BTEC Performing Arts are exposed to a wide range of varying disciplines within the performing Arts.

 

Students begin by exploring the Principles of Acting (Brecht and Stanislavski) then move on to Masks (Neutral, Trestle and Commedia), Physical Theatre, and Theatre in Education along with Improvisation.

 

Students develop their understanding of Theatre as a form of expression and entertainment but also learn how theatre can be a vehicle for social change. Students work with teachers and visiting practitioners as well as working independently as a Theatre company devising from script as well as existing scripts.

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm