7 – 11 Drama
I believe drama is an essential part of child development. It provides the key skills, confidence, discipline and imaginative freedom that is becoming increasingly essential in this day and age. From Greek amphitheatres, to Shakespeare, to Hairspray: I love every part of what is has been, is now, and will be
Ms Chappell (Teacher of Drama)
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Qualification: GCSE Drama
- Coursework: 40%
- Performance Exam: 20%
- Written exam: 40%
Possible pathways from this course: students with at least a B grade will be able to opt for AS Drama and Theatre Studies.
This qualification will also support English Literature A-Level.
Drama allows students the opportunity to explore their own feelings and beliefs in relation to the world around them. Students are encouraged to work imaginatively and creatively in collaboration with others, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
Students study the play ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly as well as working on performance texts. Recently we have performed plays such as ‘Journey to X’ ‘Adult Child Dead Child’ and ‘Face’.
We also look at styles and forms of drama such as naturalism, physical theatre and Epic Theatre.
What’s unique about HA Drama?
We provide amazing opportunities for you to get involved with professional actors and theatres. In the last two years we have had major collaborations with the Unicorn theatre and the Donmar warehouse, as well as an ongoing partnership with the Bush Theatre. We have 100% success rate of students being accepted to University and Drama Schools such as Arts Ed and East 15 and have even performed at the Edinburgh festival. We also love to do drama for 24 hours straight at least once a year!
We have incredible performance spaces including an awesome costume cupboard and state of the art lighting in our theatre.
Recent adventures in Drama
A school production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with students performance, choreography direction and crew; HA’s Got Talent showcase; 24 hour Dramathon; trips to the theatre (eg: Lyric, Donmar warehouse, Bush theatre and other West End theatres); workshops with actors and visiting professionals.
Recent successes by the Drama Department
KS3 performed on stage at the Donmar Warehouse, Cylthia Williams (alumni) was accepted to East 15 on the Acting and Physical theatre degree. We produced three incredible performances of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to packed audiences.