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In Drama, students explore a range of techniques and skills under the broad headings of group work, creating, performing and responding. The duality of Drama is important to the department; we encourage the study of the subject as an art form through developing a strong set of performance skills and looking at specific theatrical histories, genres, the work of notable playwrights and theatre companies, whilst also embracing the role Drama plays in developing young people’s confidence, self-esteem and social skills. Students have access to an extensive range of live theatre and opportunities to participate in workshops facilitated by theatre professionals. We greatly value our links with professional theatre companies and organisations including, amongst others, the Almeida Theatre, Company3 and The Central School of Speech and Drama. These partnerships enhance students’ accomplishments in Drama both inside and outside the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform plays through participation in our extra-curricular Drama clubs catering for all ages and abilities.
Extra-Curricular Groups and Performances
We have a Drama extra-curricular time-table at EGA and a varied programme of performances. See the Drama notice board for what’s on. Here is a taster of the recent performance events and clubs:
April 2013 Performance of What Are They Like? at the Soho Theatre as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival.
- May 2012 GCSE Students perform Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me at the Soho Theatre as part of National Theatre Connections Festival
Future GCSE Drama Students perform on the Almeida Stage
Over two days, fifty students from years 8 and 9 worked together to create an original piece of theatre based on themes from the Almeida’s recent production of Children’s Children.The plays were performed on the professional set!
We our proud to be a Gold partner school with the Almeida Theatre which allows students from across the school opportunities to view live theatre and take part in numerous workshop and performance events.
Islington you theatre company – students are invited to audition for Company Three. This youth theatre company present a number of shows throughout the year, have holiday activities and residentials. Company Three also deliver workshops in lessons.
Year 7 & 8 Drama Club – Alice in Wonderland
Members of Year 7 & 8 Drama club wrote their own original script of Alice in Wonderland which we then toured to local primary schools.
Drama Club meet every Tuesday 3.30-4.30pm in the Drama Room
Look out for our upcoming performance of The Wizard of Oz!
Wednesdays Drama Club (3.30-4.30pm) with Central School of Speech and Drama MA Applied Theatre representatives:
This is a small group where girls can build their confidence through drama and learn about themselves and each other in a non-threatening way. This runs at key times during the year and will be advertised to all pupils.
For more information about MA Applied Theatre see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_theatre
Key Stage 3
In year 7 students begin with an introductory unit using games and exercises to develop co-operation skills, voice and movement foundation skills to build on in future work. They then explore the story of the haunted house, Darkwood Manor, dramatising elements of the story and developing specific drama techniques. In the character & conflict unit students use foundation skills to develop character and conflict – using scripts and newspaper articles as stimuli. In the Dramatic Stories unit students use practical work to explore how dramatic stories are structured. In the final term of year 7, students are introduced to an important element of Theatre history: Greek Theatre and some of its conventions. They then go on to create their own piece of theatre using Masks.
In year 8, the first unit is Power of Women where students explore the theme of women as role models, developing their own original monologues for presentation to an audience. In from Page to Stage students develop their knowledge of theatre processes through an exploration of a published play text and realisation of extracts for performance. Next during Performing Shakespeare students take part in a series of practical sessions exploring Shakespearean themes and language, developing their knowledge and application of this genre. The Genre & Performance Style unit enables students to explore different Genres of Theatre and discover a range of performance styles. In the Semiotics of Drama topic, students explore how meaning is created and communicated in Drama through the symbolic use of space, lighting, props and sound. Finally students explore the key principles and concepts of devising a piece of drama from stimulus material and present a work-in-progress performance to an audience.
Key Stage 4
Drama is a popular option at GCSE. We have developed an exciting and dynamic course which allows students to develop a wide range of skills including leadership, confidence, interpersonal and performance skills. Students’ individual opinions matter in Drama and there are no right or wrong answers but the opportunity to explore a range of views on different themes and play texts. Students learn key acting techniques from a wide range of theatre styles and histories. GCSE Drama students frequently visit theatre productions and take part in an extended project with the Almeida Theatre working alongside theatre professionals to devise a play and perform on the Almeida stage. The current GCSE group also took part in the National Theatre Connections project performing the play Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me at the Soho Theatre. The course prepares students for further study of the performing arts at A-level or BTEC and fosters the development of key life skills like independent learning, teamwork and confidence.
Students study the OCR GCSE Drama course which is made up of three units.
Unit 1: From Page to Stage
• Explore how a published text is animated and brought to life for an audience.
• Controlled assessment (10 hours) stemming from workshops.
• Assessed on performance and written working record.
Unit 2: Drama in the Making
• Explore the key principles and concepts of devising a piece of drama from stimulus material.
• Controlled assessment (10 hours) stemming from workshops.
• Assessed on presentation and written working record.
Unit 3: From Concept to Creation
• Realisation test.
• Explore the roles of deviser, designer, director and performer (devised) or performer (text extract), and realise a brief for one of these roles
• 10-hour practical examination.
• Choice of four briefs that form the starting point for the creation of a performance or presentation.
• Examined externally by visiting examiner.
Studying At Home
Students are set various tasks for homework including research and preparation for practical assessments. They are also encouraged to view live theatre, take part in outside youth theatres and develop an understanding of emerging theatre practice.
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Terms & holidays
EGA has recently raised money for Red Nose Day and a defibrillator for another London school. Non Uniform Day raised £826.12 and sponsored skipping and bench ball raised £417.05. The non-uniform day money has been split between Comic Relief and the purchase of a new defibrillator...