The Drama Department
- Miss A Maclellan-Head of Drama
When studying Drama not only do we want to deepen understanding on a particular text or script but we believe in developing student’s personal learning and thinking skills. Confidence and the ability to speak in a room of others is a life skill which can be nurtured from Year 7 drama lessons throughout their school experience. We want students not only be able to comprehend the playwright’s work, but to adapt it and work off script, thinking as a writer, director and actor.
In Year 7 and 8, cross curricular links are made whereby students practically explore the novels and poems studied in English lessons. We work together on texts such as A Monster Calls, Sherlock Holmes and The Woman in Black, Romeo and Juliet, Jekyll and Hyde, Much Ado about Nothing, poetry, and Greek Myths.
Campion is lucky enough to have its own black box drama studio with lighting and recording equipment therefore we offer Drama as an option for GCSE. The course we follow is lead by OCR, where students have the opportunity to explore practitioners and styles such as Stanislavski, Frantic Assembly and DV8. They will be exposed to physical theatre workshops and theatre trips in order to shape their own works. They will be asked to devise a group piece based on a stimulus, adapt and rehearse a script for an audience, and study in detail Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. The final element sees the students write their opinions toward a live theatre production seen at the theatre and studied in detail.
Students will then have the opportunity to opt for BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts at Post 16 entry where they will continue to increase and reinforce their performance skills.
Exam Board GCSE OCR
Exam Board BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts