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Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies at Taskers
Through drama you can become anyone, anywhere, at anytime. By understanding drama you can learn to understand anyone, anywhere anytime. Plays often capture the essence of a culture or a group within that culture. They reveal the attitudes and opinions of their day.

Drama gives us the opportunity to hone our Improvisation skills. Improvisation is the spontaneous response to new and unexpected situations. Life is improvisation. We respond in new ways when spontaneous and unexpected things occur to us.

Play making
In Drama you will be expected to create plays. Play making is the process of experimenting with new roles. Through plays we can re-examine old roles and challenge society’s values and interpretations.

Drama As A Co-operative Process
In Drama you will be asked to participate in group work. This will help you to explore relationships on and off stage. It will help your communication skills and it will help you to make friends and under the motivation of others.

Personal Benefits
Studying Drama has a lot of personal benefits for pupils. It helps with building self-confidence, speaking in public, and developing interpersonal skills. Drama will help you to be more aware of how your physical presentation can affect the way people see you. Ethically, it provides the motivation to start to evaluate your own values and beliefs.

Drama Influences our Lives
Drama plays a major role in our lives. We all experience ‘real life’ drama in the form of our own personal experiences as well as ‘real life’ drama in the news and current affairs. We are also exposed to fictional drama in film, on television, and in the theatre. By studying drama’s impact on our culture we can start to look more critically at what these media offer us and we can choose whether or not to accept the messages that they give. By studying Drama we become intelligent spectators who can distinguish between good and bad drama as well as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ideologies. We can start making informed decisions about the drama that we see.

GCSE Drama

There are three units in which you will be assessed:

Unit 1 Drama Exploration
This unit consists of a six-hour practical exploration on a topic or theme,

During these lessons you will write a drama diary and this will enable you to create a documentary response to your work(recommended maximum 2000 words).

Unit 2   Exploring Play Texts
This unit consists of a six-hour practical exploration of a play text.

As with the last unit there is a documentary response to the practical exploration (recommended maximum 1000 words).

During this unit we watch a number of live theatre performances and you will produce a documentary response to one of these live theatre performances (recommended maximum 2000 words)

Unit 3     Drama Performance
You will rehearse as a group either a devised or scripted piece of drama, or a combination of both and then present your work as either performers or performance support (costume, lighting, sound or set design) in a single performance to an external examiner appointed by Edexcel.

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