Welcome to the Drama Department
Head of Drama: Miss Lowri Davies
The aim of the course presented to Key Stage 3 pupils is to develop:
During the year students will develop a number of key skills as well as theatrical and personal skills.
Students will cover a variety of themes that will resonate with aspects of other subjects studied in school. During the year they will be working on units of work that will last between 5 – 8 lessons. The units will include improvisation, writing a script, performing and designing costumes, set and props. They will self-assess their contribution to group work and their performance at the end of each unit.
Key Stage 4 – Year 10 and 11
DR1 – Devised Performance (60%)
Task 1 – 40%
Devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.
Task 2 – 20%
Complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.
DR2 – Performance from a Text (20%)
Perform a small extract from a published play in front of an external examiner.
DR3 – Written Examination (20%)
Analyse one set text as studied in year 10 and answer questions from the perspective of an actor, designer and director.
Evaluation of practical work completed in DR2.
Key Stage 5 – Year 12 and 13
DA1 – Practical Performance 20%
For this unit candidates will either act in a group or contribute their chosen technical production skill to a performance from a set text and a devised piece. They will work on the ideas of two practitioners.
DA2 – Written Paper (2 hour paper) 30%
DA3 – Performance on a Set Theme 30%
Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performance will include:
An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required.
DA4 – Text in Context (2 ½ hour paper) 20%
Directorial analysis of an unseen text.
External Online Resources
Theatre in Wales - http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/
Aberystwyth Arts Centre - http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
Arad Goch - http://www.aradgoch.org/index.php/english
Welsh National Theatre - http://www.theatr.com/en.aspx
Wales Millennium Centre - http://www.wmc.org.uk/?lang=en