Drama

Tring School’s drama students are dynamic, independent and entrepreneurial – confident in performing, creating, directing, designing, teaching and producing performances for a wide range of contexts.

Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe      January 2018

KS3

What equipment will my child need in Drama?

Pen, pencil and Chromebook

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

  • Darkwood Manor – atmosphere, characterisation and use of sound
  • Custard The Dragon – physical theatre and character
  • Storytelling – empathy, character and captions
  • Greek theatre – mask & chorus

Year 8

  • Romeo and Juliet- motivation and stage fighting
  • The Truth is Out There – comedy
  • Theatre design – costume, lighting and sound
  • Joyriders – movement, character and monologue

Year 9

  • Frantic Assembly – physical theatre
  • Commedia Dell’arte – archetypes, comedy, physicality and mask work
  • Verbatim Theatre – devising

How can I support my child through KS3 Drama?

  • Ensuring homework is complete
  • Taking them to the theatre
  • Watching drama on television
  • Looking at their assessment work on Google Classroom
  • Talking to them about what they are studying in Drama and their Drama targets

How will my child be assessed in Drama?

There will be practical assessments with every topic – this will either be through final performances, contribution to  group work, evaluation – verbal and written and design tasks.

Homework will consist of development tasks on work completed in lessons, such as a set design for a script or mask design for a character, writing up evaluations, rehearsing for assessment at breaks or lunchtimes and responding to practical work on Google Classroom.

KS4

At GCSE students study the EDUQAS specification

How is the course assessed?

Component 1 – Devising Theatre – 40% – Teacher Examiner

10% – Practical Performance

30% – Written portfolio and evaluation.

Component 2 – Performing from a Text – 20% – External Examiner

20%  – Practical Performance

Component 3  – Interpreting Theatre – 40% – Written Exam

30% – War Horse

10% – Responding to live theatre

What is covered on the course?

Students study theatre styles such as Physical Theatre and Brecht’s Epic Theatre to influence their own devised work in preparation for Component 1.  To prepare for Component 2 they will explore play texts such as The History Boys by Alan Bennett and Girls Like That by Evan Placey.  For their actual Component 2 performances students will perform from a wide range of different plays.  For Component 3 we study the play War Horse, looking at all aspects of production from acting and rehearsing to design such as lighting and set.  

What websites would you recommend?

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=national+theatre+discover

https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/resources

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zbckjxs

What equipment should my child have?

Pen, pencil, Chromebook, their Drama Handbook, exercise book and any scripts they are currently studying.

KS5

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

At A Level  students study the EDUQAS specification.

Extra Curricular

There is a strong tradition of theatre visits, workshops and extra curricular work. There are Drama clubs at lunchtime and rehearsals after school and some weekends are common for examination work.  There is an annual House Drama Competition which is run by the 6th Form students and is open to anyone who wishes to compete.

The Drama department annually stages a school production at the local theatre; these are positively received by the school and the community of Tring.  

Recent Theatre Visits

Network The National Theatre
The Wedding Watford Palace
George and the Dragon The National Theatre
Peo[le Places Things Oxford Playhouse
Elton John’s Glasses Watford Palace
Against Almedia Theatre
Ferryman The Royal Court
The Kid Stays in the Picture The Royal Court

and Workshops

Physical Theatre Workshop Gecko
Physical Theatre Workshop Frantic Assembly
Mask/Commedia dell Arte Workshop Trestle Theatre
Directors Workshop Palace Theatre
Artaud Workshop Palace Theatre
Brecht Workshop National Theatre
Backstage Tour National Theatre