Drama

Drama Overview:

'Drama is life with the dull bits left out' -  Alfred Hitchcock.

Drama at St Matthew Academy is a highly creative, collaborative subject, which is well-regarded from year 7-11.  The subject has an important role to play in the personal development of our students by enabling them to explore themes and issues in a practical and imaginative way. It is an expressive art form that will allow you to develop transferrable skills, such as team work, confidence, public speech and empathy, which will make you extremely attractive to future employers. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experience e.g. in a safe and supportive environment. It is vital to create an atmosphere of security, trust and concentration.  Drama promotes self-esteem and provides all students with a sense of achievement regardless of academic ability. It’s about social skills, communication skills and having fun - we learn by doing!

Lessons take place in a purpose built Drama Studio with specialist equipment. Students are actively encouraged to participate in performances both in and beyond the school environment. The department works closely alongside other areas of the Performing Arts to produce innovative and highly popular multi-disciplinary productions.

 Key Stage 3

Welcome to the Key Stage 3 Drama page. St Matthew Academy Drama Department delivers Drama once a week for nine weeks in a creative carousel with a variety of other subjects.  As it is a practical subject there is very little written work at Key Stage 3 but students will have to complete homework in every third lesson. Students work mainly in groups to create drama pieces in response to stimuli. There is also an element of script reading and writing, which will develop their literacy skills. This work is then performed or presented to an audience followed by plenary and evaluation. The curriculum is delivered via a themed approach and at the end of each unit students are assessed on skills taught.

If students have a particular flair or interest in the subject they are encouraged to attend Drama Club and participate in the various extra-curricular projects throughout the year.

Year 7:

Year 7:

Module:

Assessment:

Term 1

Introduction to Drama.

Dark Wood Manor.

Term 2

Silent Movies.

The Worst Robbery Ever.

Term 3

Shakespeare.

Romeo and Juliet.

Year 8:

Year 8:

Module:

Assessment:

Term 1

Bullying.

The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty.

Term 2

Wacky Soap.

The Soap Will Get You.

Term 3

Pantomime.

His’ Behind You!

Key Stage 4 

Welcome to the Key Stage 4 Drama page. St Matthew Academy Drama Department delivers GCSE Drama over a three year course. The course is made up into three units which includes performance and written assessment. All students of the school can opt to take GCSE Drama (even if you have not had performance experience before). Options for Acting and Technical candidates are available.

You will be expected to visit the theatre at least three times during the three year course.

GCSE Drama involves the study of plays, developing new techniques and learning about different styles and genres. You will develop a good knowledge of theatre history and understand Drama terminology and expressions. The course requires hard work, focus and commitment but most of all love and passion for the subject.

Following a course in GCSE Drama will enable students to:

  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study;
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others;
  • Develop performance skills;
  • Prepare and present scripted and unscripted material.

Assessment

The final grade in Drama will be based on three units:

  • Unit One (DR1) – Devised Practical Performance (40%)
  • Unit Two (DR2) – Performance from a Text (20%)
  • Unit Three (DR3) – Written Examination with a ‘Live Theatre Review’ (40%)

The aim of the department is to ensure all pupils achieve and work to their full potential. During the course we hope all students gain confidence in performance work and further their knowledge of the subject leading into 'A' Level Theatre Studies or BTEC Performing Arts.

There are numerous careers available from this subject:

Performance, Acting, Drama Therapy, Stage Management, Set/Costume/Lighting Designer, Teaching, Directing just to name a few.

Examination Information link and Useful Information:

BBC Bitesize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Bertolt Brecht Techniques.

http://www.dramaclasses.biz/bertolt-brecht-techniques-and-factsbertolt-brecht-techniques-and-facts

Eduqas Drama.

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

Frantic Assembly:

https://franticassembly.co.uk/about

Kneehigh:

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/about_kneehigh.php

Lewisham Youth Theatre Company:

http://www.lewishamyouththeatre.com/

Shakespeare Monologues:

http://www.monologuearchive.com/s/shakespeare_william.html

The London Theatre:

http://www.thelondontheatre.com/

What Is On Stage:

http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/shows/

Recommended Resources:

Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities:

We are always looking at ways of extending and enriching students understanding and appreciation of the subject. You will learn how to use a variety of theatre techniques and styles in order to shape and present your work. You will hone your skills as an actor, designer and director to create exciting pieces of theatre. You will have to opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and watch inspirational theatre performances in order to shape your own work.