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Drama

Why study this subject?

  • Candidates that choose the subject of drama as an option need to have a real passion and enthusiasm for performing in front of an audience and working and collaborating in small groups.
  • Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. Through engagement in drama pupils apply their imaginations and draw upon their personal experiences.

Aims of the course

  •  Drama enables students to apply knowledge and understanding when making performing and responding to drama.
  • The course involves a combination of practical and written work. Various exercises and projects will develop your knowledge and skill in Improvisation, Scripted Performance, Theatre in Education and Devised Drama.
  • The course is assessed through 40% written examination. 20% Performance of a text ‘off script’ and 40% Devised Drama.

What can this course lead to?

  •  This GCSE is an excellent way into A level studies in Theatre Arts, Expressive Arts, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre courses - of which the South East area has an abundance of choices.
  •  Candidates can look forward to a career in Theatre, Television, Media and Teaching. More generally the ability to act and perform shows confidence, excellent communication skills and an ability to work under pressure.

Expectations of subject

  • The students will be expected to Perform and keep a 2,500 word written Devising Log for Component 1: Devised Drama.
  • They will be required to learn lines and be completely ‘off script’ for Component 2: Performing from a Text.
  • They will also be encouraged to watch and attend Live Productions and study a set text for Component 3: The written paper.
  • Good attendance is compulsory for the study of Drama as the course relies heavily on group work and rehearsals outside of normal lesson times.

Support and provisions

  • Revision guides and past papers.
  • Live production visits.
  • drama@zigzagededucation.co.uk

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