A selective school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Day and Boarding

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Welcome to the Drama Department.

Located in the Performing Arts Centre and The Queen’s Hall Theatre, the Drama Department offers extensive facilities that are available to all students. We encourage participation in all its forms, whether it is acting or working backstage in our 330 seat theatre. Alternatively they may simply want to enjoy our diverse selection of external professional and in-house productions.

Our aim is to engage pupils by providing them with an enjoyable and stimulating experience of the subject. During their programme of study they explore the key elements of drama and how to communicate through performance, as well as how to analyse and evaluate drama work. We provide students with opportunities to explore and develop a variety of interpersonal skills, such as communication and empathy, whilst also encouraging effective team-work, experimentation and risk-taking.

We develop students’ acting skills through a variety of different styles. Text work, devising, improvisation and mask work are just a few amongst others, and it is through these activities that students can learn more about themselves, their relationships with others and the world in which they live. Drama allows you to consider the social, historical and contextual analysis of other cultures and time periods, thus providing an opportunity to view things from different perspectives.

‘Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.’ Augusto Boal

What you will study:

Year 7:

  • Autumn Term:  An introduction to drama – acting skills and techniques, short stories, monologues, poetry
  • Spring Term: Scripted work and devising
  • Summer Term: Storytelling, vocal techniques, Shakespeare

Year 9:

  • Autumn Term: Characterisation, duologues, improvisation
  • Spring Term: Masks, mime, scripted work (groups)
  • Summer Term: Key skills, stylistic conventions and devising

GCSE – AQA  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

Year 10 : Students will study –

  • Monologues
  • Set Text – Noughts and Crosses
  • Understanding the written paper
  • ‘Devising drama’ mock (performance and portfolio.)

Year 11 : Students will study –

  • ‘Devising drama’ component – public performance (internally marked and externally moderated – 40% of overall GCSE)
  • Further understanding of the written paper – (including mocks – 40% of overall GCSE)
  • ‘Texts in practice’ component (visiting examiner – 20% of the overall GCSE)

A Level Drama and Theatre – OCR  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-drama-and-theatre-h059-h459-from-2016/

  • ‘Practitioners in practice’ component (40% of the total A Level)
  • ‘Exploring and performing texts’ component (20% of the total A Level)
  • ‘Analysing Performance’ component (20% of the total A Level)
  • ‘Deconstructing texts for performance’ component (20% of the total A Level)

Mrs Jade Deeble, Head of Drama : deeblej@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk

Teachers: Mr F Collins-Smith

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