Theatre allows you to develop a better cultural understanding of the world and Drama allows you to develop a better understanding of yourself. Drama GCSE gives pupils the opportunity to express themselves creatively and confidently.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. - Oscar Wilde
GCSE Drama gives you the opportunity to explore the relationship between performer and audience. You will be studying different styles of acting and learning about different types of theatre in order to develop your own performance skills. There will also be chances to explore particular drama texts and use yours skills as an actor, designer or director to create performances.
You will learn how to analyse productions and create written evaluations of your and others work.
The four part course enables pupils to engage in a range of assessment styles, meaning that there is something for everyone.
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Link to past papers
- 40% Devising Theatre — A piece of drama based on a piece of stimulas and linked with a particular practitioner or genre, with supporting evidence of the process and an evaluation of the final performance.
- 20% Performing form a Text – Study two extracts from the same text and participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.
- 40% Interpreting Theatre – A two part written paper in which you will be asked to analyse one set text and review a piece of live theatre of your choice.
Ways to help my child succeed
Ensure your child accesses all the theatre trips organised by the Drama department throughout the year. Discuss theatre and provide opportunities to widen your child’s experience of different productions. Finally, ensure your son or daughter takes every opportunity to become involved in productions in and outside of school.