Drama

Drama Department

Drama is a powerful subject that encourages and nurtures the highest order thinking skill, creativity. This is why Drama is such a highly valued subject here at St. Columba’s. As well as specific drama skills, students have the opportunity to develop and apply transferable life skills that will support a successful future for each individual. In drama classes, students will learn to devise, perform and evaluate drama work, in a safe and structured environment, where they can take risks and express themselves with confidence. There are high expectations for students to fully participate and challenge themselves in all aspects of drama.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1 Storytelling

Introduction to rules and routines of drama. Students learn the basics of using devising techniques to communicate a story.

 

Storytelling

Introduction to rules and routines of drama. Students learn the basics of using devising techniques to communicate a story.

 

Improvisation Techniques

Students will explore exercises and games to create drama improvisation and have chance to develop the transferable skills associated with it. There will be a focus on the techniques such as ‘Offering and Accepting’, ‘Status’ and ‘Spontaneity’.

 

 

 

Term 2 Script

‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’

By Alan Ayckbourn

 

Students will learn how to interpret a script through drama techniques. They will explore characterisation and be able to perform a short scene.

Script

‘Bugsy Malone’

 

Students will learn how to interpret a script through drama techniques. They will explore characterisation and be able to perform a short scene.

Script

‘Blood Brothers’

By Willy Russell

 

Students will explore:

Links to Brechtian techniques.

Characterisation techniques. Themes of the play

Interpretation and direction of the play.

Term 3 Introduction to Theatre in Education

Theme: Friendships

Students will devise TIE from a stimulus.

They will explore the use of role play, direct address, choices, problem solving, empathy and respect.

 

Theatre in Education and Forum Theatre

Theme: Staying Safe!

Students will explore the theme of staying safe outside of school, through drama techniques. There will be links to the ‘London needs you alive campaign’ (mayor of London).

Students will learn about August Boal’s Forum Theatre and use this technique to explore scenarios and choices.

 

 

TIE and Forum Theatre

Theme: Staying Safe!

Students will explore the theme of staying safe outside of school, through drama techniques. There will be links to the ‘London needs you alive campaign’ (mayor of London).

Students will learn about August Boal’s Forum Theatre and use this technique to explore scenarios and choices.

 

 

Term 4 Introduction to masks and Greek Theatre

 

Students will learn about the historical and practical aspects of Greek Theatre. They will be introduced to the use of the mask in theatre and create performance work with the masks.

Improvisation techniques

 Students will explore exercises and games to create drama improvisation and have chance to develop the transferable skills associated with it. There will be a focus on the techniques such as ‘Offering and Accepting’, ‘Status’ and ‘Spontaneity’.

 

 

Use of Masks and Physical Theatre

 

Students will explore non-verbal communication through the medium of mask work and physical theatre techniques.

Term 5 Introduction to Movement and Physical Theatre

 

Students will explore the power of non-verbal drama to communicate and express themselves.

Introduction to Stage Combat

 

Students will study and demonstrate the importance of physical self-control and self-discipline. They will then go on to explore some basic stage combat techniques, which they will incorporate into performance work.

Introduction to Stage Combat

 

Students will study and demonstrate the importance of physical self-control and self-discipline. They will then go on to explore some basic stage combat techniques, which they will incorporate into performance work.

Term 6 Exploring a Theme:

Monsters and Horror

Focus on a stimulus using script and devising

 Year 7- The Witches (Play) OR The Demon Headmaster

Creating atmosphere and suspense

Use of masks, live sound effects, music, contrasts

 

Exploring a Theme:

Monsters and Horror

Focus on a stimulus using script and devising

Year 8- Frankenstein

Creating atmosphere and suspense

Use of masks, live sound effects, music, contrasts

 

Exploring a Theme:

 

A Game of Soldiers

By Jan Needle

 

Exploring the theme of war.

 

Last updated: September 18, 2018 at 9:49 am

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