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HIGHER DRAMA

This exciting and challenging course focuses on the skills of acting, directing and investigating in a variety of dramatic contexts whilst promoting students knowledge and understanding of theatre.  It will allow all to extend the Creative Drama Skills developed in the Broad General Education and to acquire new skills.

 

AIMS OF THE COURSE

All Learners will:

  • generate and communicate thoughts and ideas when creating drama
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural influences on drama
  • develop complex skills in presenting and analysing drama
  • develop knowledge and understanding of complex production skills when presenting drama
  • explore form, structure, genre and style
As learners develop practical skills creating and presenting drama, they will also develop knowledge and understanding of cultural and social influences on drama. 
 
Learners will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they explore and develop complex drama and production skills.

UNIT 1 - DRAMA SKILLS

In this Unit, learners will apply complex drama skills and develop ways of 
communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to stimuli, including text. They will also learn how to portray character in a range of ways and explore form, structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama. 
 
Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural 
influences on drama. They will also learn how to evaluate their own progress and that of other learner.
 
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT:
Folio and Performance

UNIT 2 - PRODUCTION SKILLS

In this Unit, learners will explore and apply complex production skills. Learners will 
learn how to respond to stimuli, including text, to communicate ideas for a production. 
They will develop ideas and production skills within their chosen production roles.
 
In GHS the department prides itself on the pupil choice available to learners in this unit.  Learners can select from Acting, Lighting, Sound, Costume, Makeup, Set and Props.
 
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT:
Folio and Performance

UNIT 3 - ADDED VALUE             PRODUCTION

PERFORMANCE

The performance will have 60 marks (60% of the total mark).

The performance has two sections: a performance and a preparation for performance. 
 
Pupil choose from Acting, Directing ar Design.
 
The weighting of marks across the two Sections is 50 marks for the performance in the 
chosen role of acting, directing or design, and 10 marks for the preparation for 
performance.
 
All learners will be required to demonstrate skills by:
  • responding to themes and issues of the chosen text
  • developing characters and their relationships within the chosen text
  • understanding the social, historical and/or theatrical context of their chosen text
  • using a complex range of acting or production skills
  • communicating to an audience

 

WRITTEN PAPER

The question paper will have 40 marks (40% of the total mark).

This question paper has two Sections.
Section 1 will have 20 marks.
 
This section will deal with the analysis of a selected text. Learners will be required to 
demonstrate knowledge of a text they have studied in terms of content and the social, 
historical and/or theatrical context, and to show an understanding of how the text could 
be communicated to an audience through performance.
 
The question paper will pose 
questions that allow learners to provide an extended response from the perspective of 
either an actor or director or designer in preparation for an intended production. 
Learners will be credited on their ability to make use of appropriate quotations. 
 
 
Section 2 will have 20 marks.
This section will take the form of a written analysis of a performance that the learner 
has seen.
This may be a live or, if necessary, a recorded theatrical performance.
 
Performance analysis will consider areas such as:
  • the genre, theme and social, historical and/or theatrical context of the performance piece
  • the company performing the play
  • the performance space
  • the director’s intentions and effectiveness
  • the acting and development of characters
  • the design concepts and their effectiveness — set, props, costume, make-up lighting, sound/effects
  • audience reaction
  • overall impact