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Drama & Theatre Studies

Introduction

Our aim to inspire, create, challenge and question the dramatic form is enriched by our broad curriculum, experiences of live theatre and performance opportunities. We equip students with creative expression, a critical eye and the confidence to voice their opinion. We nurture individuality, encouraging students to think and express themselves with flair and confidence whilst enabling them to understand the historical, social and cultural context of their work.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The supportive environment of lessons in Key Stage 3 prepares students perfectly for the depth of knowledge required at GCSE and A-level. Highly successful school productions ensure every student has the chance to participate in enriching experiences. We encourage students to question and challenge their perception of the world through the dramatic form and their individual creative expression. Students are introduced to Drama techniques such as developing characters, scripts and improvisation.

Year 7

Term 1 introduces students to storytelling and how this form of entertainment has evolved through the ages.

By Term 2, they will begin learning the differences and intricacies of Greek Theatre.

In Term 3, students broaden their understanding of Shakespeare.

Year 8

The various components of contemporary theatre are the main focus in Term 1, followed by an exploration of emotion and the influential career of Konstantin Stanislavski in Term 2.

In Term 3, students will consider the design and performance elements of a script.

Year 9

Term 1 begins with an exploration of perception and ‘The Beauty Manifesto.’

Confidence delivering and understanding Monologues and Duologues is a key element of Term 2, before Boal and Documentary Theatre is made the prime topic of learning in Term 3.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Years 10 and 11, confident self-expression and collaborative teamwork is essential for success. Our students work together to explore and actively engage in group activities, but also learn to operate as independent thinkers with critical, reflective and enquiring minds.

The GCSE course develops the imagination and self-awareness skills which are necessary for studying Drama at A-level but is also suitable for those interested in a career related to public speaking, creativity or as part of a multi-functional team. Above all else, this course instils self-confidence in a student’s own abilities, as well as trust in the skills of their peers.

By the end of Key Stage 4, students will have gained a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-level Drama and Theatre, as well as other potential vocational and career pathways.

 

For more information, please view the latest resources available below.

Resources

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Year 7 and Year 12 Celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday 2021

Year 7 and Year 12 have been working on a project to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday this year.  Usually, the Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon holds an event on the Saturday nearest his birthdate.  Large processions of well-wishers bearing posies, a fancy-dress parade of well-known characters from his plays, flag waving, wreath laying at the church where he is buried (Holy Trinity Church), folk dancing and street entertainment.  The Head Boy of the local  school carries a new quill in the parade so that the Bard's tomb receives a new pen.  Of course, with the pandemic, celebrations were not held this year but SGGS marked it with vox pops of Year 7 and Year 12 students reading famous quotes from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets:

 

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