Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Theatre Studies/Drama

Academic Year 2014/2015

Head of Department:
Mrs O McEwan (KS3/KS4/KS5)

Teaching Staff:
Mrs L McCool (KS4/KS5)
Mrs M McGill (KS3)
Ms J Wilson (KS3)

“If you tell me,
 I will listen;


 If you show me
 I will see;


 If you let me experience
 I will understand”

Lao Tzu

KS3
Drama is an art, a practical ability and an integrated discipline.  It involves the creation of imagined characters and situations.  A performance arts education which begins with play which may eventually include all the elements of theatre.  Performance arts should enable our young people to make sense of the world.  Drama is taught to all pupils in year 8, 9 and 10 for two periods every fortnight but can also be used as a learning medium across the curriculum.

Drama lessons will see pupils exploring an idea in improvisation and articulating it in dramatic form.  Through this process pupils will learn about the issues and dilemmas they are exploring but also how to manipulate the language of drama.

Drama GCSE
Content

The drama course is divided into two main components.

Component 1:  Externally assessed written exam

Component 2:  Internally assessed.  In this component two units will be offered for summative units:

• Devised performance
• Scripted  performance

For each assessment unit pupils will prepare a performance and perform it to an audience.  The performance will last between ten and thirty minutes and groups can have 3-9 pupils in them.

Coursework
Pupils must keep a working notebook recording and appraising the work they do during the course of each unit.  The material is made available to the visiting moderator at the time of the moderation visit.

Written Examination
The exam comprises of one 1½ hour paper.  The paper is divided into section A and section B.

Section A
This is an open book exam and focuses on the set text.  The set text is Juno and the Paycock written by Sean O'Casey.  Each pupil is required to answer three questions on the text.

Section B
This is a closed book exam and requires pupils to answer one question on the play studied for the scripted performance.

Skills developed when studying drama
Creative thinking, Critical evaluation, Literacy, Negotiating, Organising, Planning, Presentation, Research, Teamwork, Working to deadlines

Careers
Jobs directly related:
Actor, Stage manager, Arts administrator, Drama teacher, Drama therapist, Television Production Assistant, Radio Presenter

Jobs where drama will be helpful
Sales, Youth and community worker, Personnel manager, Social worker, Journalist, Law, Marketing manager, Charities administrator, any job where you work with the public.

Drama And Theatre studies (AS Level)
Unit 1

Exploration of drama and theatre
Exploration of two plays
Theatre review

Unit 2
Text in performance
A practical examination of acting in a directed production of a play
Monologue or Duologue

Coursework
Unit 1

For the assessment of unit one pupils are required to complete a set of exploration notes.  These notes will be sent to the board for moderation no latter than 1st May.

Examination
Unit 2

A visiting moderator will assess pupil’s contribution to the performance of a chosen text.
This exam must take place between 1st February and 31st May in the year of entry.

Careers
Jobs directly related:
Actor, Stage Manager, Arts administrator, Drama teacher, Drama therapist, television production, radio presenter.

Jobs where drama will be helpful
Sales, youth and community worker, personnel manager, social worker, journalist, law, marketing manager, charities administrator, any job where you work with the public.

Drama And Theatre Studies (Advanced GCE)
Content
Unit 3

Text in performance
Workshop preparation of a pupil directed play

Unit 4
Text in production
Three examination questions
Section A of this paper is questioned on the director’s approach to a play
Section B of this paper is performance analysis
2 ½ hour written paper

Coursework
Unit 4

For the assessment of unit four pupils will develop and shape a piece of theatre for an audience. They will draw on their knowledge of forms, genres, performance style and the work of the directors and designers gained in unit 1. Students work in groups of between 3 and 12 and the duration of this work should not exceed 45 minutes. This coursework must be videoed and sent to an examiner.
Pupils must also keep a working notebook of the entire process – this is also sent to the examiner.

Section A
Pupils will be presented with a scene from a play they have studied and be asked to present their production ideas for the scene in response to a focus question. The second question will then ask them to discuss the play in a wider context.

Section B
Pupils can use research notes in answering this section: Pupils will compare two productions they have researched.

Skills developed when studying drama
Acting, design, directorial, interpretative, creative thinking, critical evaluation, literacy, negotiating, organising, planning presentation, research, teamwork, working to deadlines.

Careers
Jobs directly related:
Actor, stage manager, arts administrator, drama teacher, drama therapist, television production assistant, radio presenter.

Jobs where drama will be helpful
Sales, youth and community worker, personnel manger, social worker, journalist, law, marketing manager, charities administrator, any job where you work with the public.

Extra Curricular Activities
The drama department will extend the curriculum beyond that offered in timetabled sessions.
1. There will be opportunities for pupils to pursue work over a longer time than usual within a lesson.
2. There will be opportunities to undertake work normally encountered in the timetable
3. There will be opportunities for visitors / specialists to work with the pupils
4. There will be opportunities to see productions
5. There will be auditions and performances
6. There will be opportunities to work with other year groups

Extra Curricular Rehearsals
The department offer rehearsals
Monday 3:15 - 4:10
Tuesday 3:15 - 4:10
Wednesday 3:15 - 4:10
Thursday 3:15 - 4:10