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Drama

The Drama facilities are of a very high standard here at Mount Carmel.

There is a comfortable and spacious purpose-built drama studio, including a full range of technology, including lighting, sound system, TV, DVD player, the use of digital camera and digital camcorder. The school hall is also equipped with lighting and sound equipment.

Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many different characters in a variety of imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create and perform your own work as well as looking at the work of others. Mount Carmel Drama students also experience live theatre.

Drama enables us to symbolise the world in ways that engage the intellect and the emotions. Through drama students can develop their emotional literacy and analytical awareness by seeing the world imaginatively from other perspectives. This imaginative engagement underpins the development of their critical thinking.

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Key Stage 3

Drama promotes individual self-confidence, encourages social co-operation and enhances creativity.

Drama takes place in a fictional environmental with clearly defined boundaries. When acting in role as someone else, somewhere else, pupils look at their lives, identities, values and cultures in a place where their real status and identity are not at stake.

Drama enables us to symbolise the world in ways that engage the intellect and the emotions. Through drama students can develop their emotional literacy and analytical awareness by seeing the world imaginatively from other perspectives. This imaginative engagement underpins the development of their critical thinking.

Key Stage 4

GCSE – Students follow on from Key stage 3 by embarking on the Edexcel programme of study. This course is both creative and practical as well as analytical. The course focuses on the exploration of social, cultural and historical issues and uses a range of drama skills and strategies to produce original and meaningful drama.

Personal Qualities Required
You will need to have shown enthusiasm for Drama at KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) You will need to be self-motivated, a good team player and you will need imagination and creativity.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Drama through:

RESPONDING to ideas and issues in different contexts and demonstrating an appropriate use of Drama forms to communicate meaning to others;

DEVELOPING and exploring ideas using appropriate forms to structure them into a meaningful piece of Drama;

PRESENTING ideas to others using the appropriate performing and/or other production skills to communicate their intentions;

EVALUATING the effectiveness of a piece of Drama work and recognising the significance of any historical, cultural and /or social influences.

As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, you will also be able to acquire skills in working with others, problem solving and communication. You will find that Drama will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.

This GCSE course recognises three essential activities in Drama. Firstly, the drama process in relation to exploring themes, issues and ideas within the context of your own work. Secondly, the drama process in relation to exploring themes, issues and ideas within the context of the work of other dramatists, e.g studying a full-length published play. Thirdly, drama products in relation to the performance of the pupils’ own work or the work of others e.g performing and watching other members of the class perform.

Summary and Assessment of the specification

Drama Coursework (60%)
There are two units of work. The first is concerned with using drama to explore issues in response to stimulus material selected from different times and/or cultures. You will have the opportunity to use drama forms to deepen your knowledge and understanding of an idea or issue and to communicate the understanding through the medium of drama.
The second is concerned with the exploration of a complete and substantial play chosen by the teacher. The purpose of this unit is to give pupils the knowledge and understanding of the ways in which playwrights, performers, directors and designers use the medium of drama to communicate their ideas to an audience.
These are both assessed by your own teacher. You will participate in two x 6 hour workshops (1 for each unit) which are video recorded. This is the practical work. You are then also required to write 2 portfolios of work which reflect the drama process.

For Unit 1 written work must be a maximum of 2,000 words.
For Unit 2 written work must be a maximum of 1,000 words.
In addition for Unit 2 you must also write an evaluation of a live performance of a complete play (maximum of 2,000 words).

Drama Performance (40%)
This paper is concerned with the skills required in drama to perform work to an audience. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as performers in groups of between 3 and 9 either using a script or through improvisation and devised work. This is externally assessed which means that an outside examiner visits school and marks you on your performance.

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