Drama

Within our state of the art drama studios, we equip our young learners with skills which will affect the rest of their social and academic lives.  We strive to help students develop the self-confidence to take risks in their creativity, becoming fully experimental with a range of theatrical styles and knowledge.  Once students feel comfortable in the space amongst the other students, their imaginations can be fully opened to make their ideas come alive. 

KS3

Drama at key stage 3 starts with the objective to encourage students to engage, interact and feel comfortable to experiment in the space.  From here, we explore a vast range of styles and skills with reference to a variety of classic and contemporary scripts.
Year 7:  Teamwork, mime skills, character creation, class-in-role work, Greek theatre, Dickens’ “Oliver”.
Year 8:  Silent movie, melodrama, pantomime, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, devising from stimulus with drama strategies.
Year 9:  Theatre practitioners’ styles and applying them to contemporary scripts; Boal, Brecht and Stanislavski exploring didactic theatre, physical theatre and naturalism.

Students are assessed on their directing, acting and evaluative skills, giving them a broad spectrum of appreciations from which to gain experience theatrical both on and offstage.

KS4

Edexcel 2DR01  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

Equipped with a range of skills, students now develop to become more independent in their use of advanced strategies and styles to explore various exciting topics and stimuli.  Students use songs, images, poetry and texts as a base from which to create thought-provoking drama in the performance space. 

Component 1 (40%):  Devising 
Students create and perform in an original piece of drama based on a stimulus (15marks) and write a portfolio to explain and analyse their decisions and choice of style (45marks)

Component 2 (20%):  Scripted Performance
Students perform a group extract (36marks) and a monologue (24marks) from a play

Component 3 (40%):  Written Exam; Theatre Makers in Practice
Section A:  Bringing texts to life (20marks) - Students will answer questions on how they would direct, design, perform and interpret their own production of a set text.  They will consider lighting, sound, set design, costume, props, directing and acting in detail.
Section B:  Live Theatre Evaluation (36marks) Students will answer an essay exam question about a live theatre production they have seen whilst on the course, analysing the use of set design, direction and acting in communicating themes, context and atmosphere.

KS5

We offer both A-level drama and BTEC performing arts courses, both highly successful, as shown in students’ grades, giving them the best opportunity for options beyond Sedgehill.  With our links with various outside agencies, such as the National Theatre, The Albany, Rose Bruford and RADA, our key stage 5 students are encouraged to really experience the world of professional theatre beyond the classroom.  Both courses offer exciting opportunities for students to hone both their performance skills and their knowledge of drama and performing arts, producing performances which have been highly acclaimed by visiting examiners who are surprised by the talent and sophistication held by our young performers.

A- level Drama Edexcel 6DR01/9DR01

Component 1 (40%):  Devising 
Students create and perform in an original piece of drama based on an extract from a performance text and a drama practitioner (20marks) and write a portfolio to explain and analyse their decisions and choice of style (60 marks)

Component 2 (20%):  Scripted Performance
Students perform a group extract (24marks) and a monologue (24marks) from a play

Component 3 (40%):  Written Exam; Theatre Makers in Practice
Section A:  Live Theatre Evaluation (20marks) -Students will answer an essay exam question about a live theatre production they have seen whilst on the course, analysing the use of set design, direction and acting in communicating themes, context and atmosphere.

Section B:  Page to Stage (36marks) - Students will answer questions on how they would direct, design, perform and interpret their own production of a set text.  They will consider lighting, sound, set design, costume, props, directing and acting in detail.

Section C:  Interpreting a performance text (24marks)  - Students will consider how they would stage, produce and direct a historical performance text with reference to a drama practitioner

 Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

This two-year course offers UCAS points equivalent to two A- levels and offers students a broad depth of understanding across various theatrical skills, genres and the performing arts industry.   Within this vocational course, students are encouraged to think and behave like a theatre company, with various opportunities to produce and perform in a variety of work to a range of audiences.  Students will become independent practitioners, with the specialisms of the performing arts teachers on the course, in order to gain a real understanding of the practicalities of theatre.  Units studied include:  Performance Workshop, Performing Arts Business, Performing to an Audience, Principles of Acting, Audition for Actors, Vocal Coaching, Improvisation, Contemporary Theatre and Devising to name but a few.

In addition to all of the above, we have strong links with various performing arts bodies such as the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Rose Bruford College and National Theatre, who now use Sedgehill as their first port of call for educational opportunities.  Our KS3 programme is varied and our GCSE and KS5 students have the full range of both performance and production experience with the magnificent studios Sedgehill has to offer. 

All of which makes Sedgehill unbeatable when it comes to opportunities in performing arts!