The EDRON Academy

About the Drama Department

Introduction

drama1The Theatre and Film department is made up of two fully trained Drama specialists, Miss. Morgan (Head of Department) and Mr. Hopson. The Department is responsible for teaching the following course and subject areas:
• Key Stage 3 Drama
• IGCSE Drama
• IB Theatre
• IB Film
• IB Literature and Performance
We are passionate about developing pupils' creativity and confidence. We believe that Drama can pupils understand themselves and the world around them. Drama helps to develop empathy for others and gives pupils the ability to explore situations and research their own culture and cultures from around the world. We promote team work and respect within the Drama classroom and expect pupils to behave in a mature and focused manner at all times.
Some key skills that are taught at every level are:
• Self-control
• Characterisation
• Storytelling
• Presentation skills
• Critical evaluation

Year 7 Drama

Students in year 7 are taught in their class groups.
SEP grades are calculated based on Creating, Performing and Responding.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is taught through the English Department in England so our Drama curriculum is based on the Scottish 5-14 Curriculum, where it is a separate and independent subject.

Year 8 Drama

Students in year 8 are taught in their class groups.
SEP grades are calculated based on Creating, Performing and Responding.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is taught through the English Department in England so our Drama curriculum is based on the Scottish 5-14 Curriculum, where it is a separate and independent subject.

Year 9 Drama

Students in year 9 are taught in their class groups.
SEP grades are calculated based on Creating, Performing and Responding.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is taught through the English Department in England so our Drama curriculum is based on the Scottish 5-14 Curriculum, where it is a separate and independent subject.

IGCSE Drama (Years 10 and 11)

Pupils in year 10 and 11 are taught in small, mixed ability classes.
Requirements of the course:
60% Practical Performance
• One Group Scripted Performance
• One Group Devised Performance
• One Solo Scripted Performance
40% Written Exam
2 and a half hour written exam where pupils answer questions based on pieces of theatre they have performed.

Example Questions
As a director, how would you present the relationship between John and Elizabeth in Scene 2?
What costume would you use for Abigail?
How would you use the performance space for maximum effect?

Pupils are graded on their performance and acting ability as well as their understanding of theatre as a designer and director. Pupils are asked to interpret scripts and devise their own piece of theatre.
Due to the practical nature of the subject, pupils are asked to stay after school on occasion to rehearse performance pieces.

IB Theatre (Years 12 and 13)

Pupils in year 12 and 13 are taught in small, mixed ability classes.
Requirements of the course:
• Research Investigation: Essay based on a theatre practice and script of your choice (25%)
• Independent Project: Portfolio of a theatre project of your choice (25%)
• Practical Performance Proposal: Portfolio of a piece of theatre you have devised and directed based on a stimulus (25%)
• Theatre Presentation: 30 minute oral presentation or your two year experience of the Theatre course (25%)
We study:
• Vaudeville
• Cabaret
• Musical Theatre
• Theatre of Cruelty
• Theatre of the Absurd
• Pantomime
• Shadow Theatre
• Physical Theatre
Due to the practical nature of the subject, pupils are asked to stay after school on occasion to rehearse performance pieces.

IB Film (Years 12 and 13)

Pupils in year 12 and 13 are taught in small, mixed ability classes.
Requirements of the Course:
• Film Project: 7 minute short film working as a director, editor, scriptwriter or cinematographer. A completed portfolio accompanies this film
• Presentation: 15 minute oral presentation on 5 minute sequence on a compulsory film
• Independent Study: A documentary film script exploring film theory based upon 4 films from 2 cultures
We study:
• History of film
• Technical aspects of film making
• Various styles and genres of film

IB Literature and Performance (Years 12 and 13)

Pupils in year 12 and 13 are taught in small, mixed ability classes.
This course is an inter-disciplinary subject between Theatre and Literature.
Pupils are given the chance to explore a range of texts from a literary perspective. They respond to the text as a reader, identifying the impact the author has created through literary devices, themes and characters. Pupils then use this reader impact to transform the text to the stage, where they create an audience impact through the use of drama devices.

Requirements of the course:
• Paper 1 : Based on the novel (20%)
• Paper 2 : Comparative essay based on a literary analysis of the Poetry (20%)
• Internal Assessment : Study of a novel (40%)
o Transformed performance of an extract
o Oral Presentation based on your transformation
• Coursework : Essay about your experience performing an extract of a play (20%)

We study:
• Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
• Perfume by Patrick Suskind
• One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kelsey
• Psychosis 4.48 by Sarah Kane
• The Poetry of Margaret Atwood
• The Poetry of Andre Marvell
• The Poetry of William Blake
Due to the practical nature of the subject, pupils are asked to stay after school on occasion to rehearse performance pieces.

Extra-Curricular Events

The Play

Next year we will launch our first extra-curricular play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This performance will take place in November 2014. This will give our talented actors a chance to showcase their work. The project will be open to Year 10-13 pupils

The Panto

Pupils in Year 12 and 13 IB Theatre produce and direct a Pantomime for the last week of term. This is performance is aimed at bringing the whole Edron Community together and bringing the British Christmas tradition of Pantomime to our bi-cultural school.

The Musical

The Drama Department work with the Music Department each year to present a Secondary School Musical.
Pupils from year 7, year 8, year 9, year 10 and year 12 take part to complete a full scale production that is performed in an outside theatre with a live band of pupils.
Recent performances have included: Rock You! (We will rock you), Grease is the word (Grease), Oh my Gods, here we go again! (Mamma Mia), and Oz! (An original musical based on Wizard of Oz and Wicked!).

This year the school musical is...coming soon!

Any queries, please
contact the Head of Department:
catherine.morgan@edron.edu.mx

 

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