Drama

In GCSE Drama we follow the Edexcel 2DR01 curriculum in which you will learn to:

    • use explorative strategies to respond imaginatively to a wide range of stimulus material;
    • develop directorial vision, using the medium and elements of Drama to shape your work;
    • become an effective communicator, leader and member of an ensemble;
    • use your vocal and movement skills with precision and control in order to communicate with an audience;
    • evaluate your own work, the work of other students, and live professional theatre using Drama vocabulary;
    • write about Drama and Theatre with clarity, showing analytical skill and understanding of semiotics.

Content:

  • During the course, you will use the full range of explorative strategies, e.g. still image, thought tracking and Forum Theatre in increasingly sophisticated ways to explore challenging stimulus material.
  • You will be introduced to a range of Drama styles and forms including naturalism, physical theatre and political theatre, and be expected to use this knowledge and understanding in creating your own work.
  • You will take greater ownership over your work than in Year 9, and shape it carefully with a clear sense of audience and purpose. You should be prepared to be a performer, designer, director and critic all at once!

Assessment:

UNIT 1: DRAMA EXPLORATION (60 marks/30% of GCSE)

Practical exploration (40 marks): you will undertake 6 hours of practical work which will be led and assessed by your teacher, either in one block or over 6 lessons. You will use a range of explorative strategies to respond to and explore stimuli which will be connected by a theme.

Documentary response (20 marks): you will write 2000 words under controlled conditions in which you reflect on your learning during the practical workshop.

UNIT 2: EXPLORING PLAY TEXTS (60 marks/30% of GCSE)

Practical exploration (30 marks): you will undertake 6 hours of practical work which will be led and assessed by your teacher, either in one block or over 6 lessons. You will use a range of explorative strategies to respond to and explore the play text. You will develop creative work around the characters and issues presented in the text.

Documentary response (10 marks): you will write 1000 words under controlled conditions in which you reflect on your learning during the practical workshop.Response to live performance (20 marks): you will write an evaluation of a piece of professional theatre.

UNIT 3: DRAMA PERFORMANCE (80 marks/40% of GCSE)

You will work as a member of an ensemble to create a piece of Drama in response to a brief set by the examination board. The 2015 brief required candidates to respond to the following statement:“Imaginative, believable and in-depth characters are essential to engage the audience in a performance.”You will use the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have developed over the course to devise an original and thought-provoking piece of Drama, which you will perform to a visiting examiner. You are marked individually as a performer on four skill areas as follows:-

  1. Voice and movement (20 marks)
  2. Roles and characterisation (20 marks)
  3. Communication with other performers and the audience (20 marks)
  4. Content, style and form (20 marks)

Further Education / Careers:

GCSE Drama will prepare you effectively for taking AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies or BTEC Performing Arts. Even if you do not intend to pursue Drama Post-16, success in GCSE Drama gives sixth form or college tutors, or potential employers, a strong flavour of the type of person you are: a team player; an effective communicator; a confident and creative person; somebody with initiative.