At Caedmon College Whitby all students will experience Drama.
In Year 7 and 8 students have a discreet Drama lesson once a week. Students will experience working as part of a group and be introduced to specific drama strategies such as; hot-seating, role-play, improvisation and play reading/writing.
The themes covered in Year 7 and 8 form part of the College’s KED learning programme. Students will explore important global and social issues and have the chance to experience play writing, building improvisation skills and use published play texts to explore current and historical developments in theatre and performance.
Students can choose to do Drama GCSE as an Option in Year 9. This is delivered in three fifty minute sessions.
Life-long skills such as communication, team work and building confidence as an individual are an integral part of Drama at Caedmon College Whitby. These skills are developed in class and during their time at college students will have the chance to build on these through attendance at afterschool and lunchtime Drama Clubs, school productions and GCSE and A-level Drama. These courses are taught by drama specialist teachers.
The College regularly participates in the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach Festival, College coordinates the Whitby Schools’ Shakespeare Festival and our students have also taken part in a number of community theatre events.
What you will be studying:
Unit 1: Devising Theatre Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 40% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC. Learners must produce:
- a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
- a portfolio of supporting evidence
- an evaluation of the final performance or design.
Unit 2: Performing from a Text Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 20% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre. Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification
Section A: Set Text A series of questions on one set text, chosen by the centre, from a choice of five set by the exam board e.g. The Tempest, William Shakespeare; The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht; Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller; War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford; DNA, Dennis Kelly.
Section B: Live Theatre Review One question from a choice of two requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:
- apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
- explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
- develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
- work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
- develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance
- contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
- reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
- develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice
- adopt safe working practices.
GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers.
Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers.
In Components 1 and 2 learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre.
They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text.
Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination.
However, in preparation for this assessment, learners are encouraged to study their chosen text practically as a performer, designer and director.
Prior learning and progression:
There are no previous learning requirements for this specification. This specification builds on subject content which is typically taught at key stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study of drama at either AS or A-level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.
A-level Drama and Theatre
Summary of Assessment
Component 1: Theatre Workshop Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 20% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.
Learners must produce:
- a realisation of the performance or design
- a creative log.
Component 2: Text in Action Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 40% of qualification Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:
- a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)
- an extract from a text in a contrasting style chosen by the learner. Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner. Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.
Component 3: Text in Performance Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of qualification
Sections A and B Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination.
Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.
Pre-1956: The Trojan Women, Euripides As You Like It, William Shakespeare Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen Machinal, Sophie Treadwell Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams Post-1956: Saved, Edward Bond Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo Racing Demon, David Hare Love and Information, Caryl Churchill Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood
Section C closed book: The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper.
A series of questions based on a specified extract from: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.
Details of the extract will be released during the first week of June, one year before the examination. This linear qualification will be available in May/June each year. It will be awarded for the first time in summer 2018.
A-level in Drama and Theatre offers a practical and challenging course of study which encourages learners to:
- develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre
- understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre
- develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
- understand the practices used in twenty-first century theatre making
- experience a range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text-based and devised work
- participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
- understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre
- develop and demonstrate a range of theatre making skills
- develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
- adopt safe working practices as a theatre maker
- analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
A-level in Drama and Theatre is an exciting and inspiring course which prepares learners for further study in Higher Education. This highly practical specification provides learners with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances.
In Component 1 learners reinterpret a text to create a piece of theatre which is a combination of the selected text and original ideas.
In Component 2 learners engage with a stimulus to create two contrasting pieces of theatre; one an interpretation of a text of their own choice and the other a devised piece.
Both Components 1 and 2 are designed to encourage learners to make connections between dramatic theory and their own practice. While preparing their practical work, learners will explore the work of two theatre practitioners (individuals or companies) of their own choice and then apply their research to their performances or designs.
Learners are also required to watch at least two live theatre productions and learn about the processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre.
In Component 3 learners explore two complete performance texts. There is an exciting and diverse list of texts to choose from; centres must select one which was written before 1956 and one which was written after 1956.