When students choose to study Drama in Year 9, they will have the opportunity to study Drama in more depth and create more original pieces of theatre for an audience. As well as devising their own work, students will study scripted extracts and create work for a specific target audience.
The topics of study in Year 9 enable students to develop the key acting skills and techniques required in Drama at GCSE level ensuring that students are ready to create, perform, evaluate and write about their performance work at a higher level. Therefore, students will often work with older students in Years 10 and 11, watching their examination work and performing with them.
Topics of study include:
Scripted- The Diary by Lucy Parker and Tony Grounds'
Devised- Twisted Fairy tales
Scripted- Monologue and duologue
Acting skills and techniques- Skills workshop
Devised- Secrets and Lies
Moving to GCSE- Theatre in Education
The Drama Department provides opportunities for Year 9 students to be involved outside of class, including taking part in the senior show directed by Leeds University students, attending specialist skills workshops, going on theatre trips, becoming a Drama Ambassador and auditioning to be in school shows.
Revision- BBC Bitesize Drama KS3/KS4
GCSE (9-1) Drama-Eduqas
Local theatres- West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall, Northern School of Contemporary dance and The Carriage Works.
Local drama groups- First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Young Theatre Makers at the Carriage Works, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Drama Rama- Leeds, Rebel Theatre School and Casting Agency and the Yorkshire School of Acting.