Drama

KS4 – EdEXCEL GCSE

At Cranbourne students follow the Edexcel Drama GCSE 9 – 1 Course in Year 10 and Year 11. Students will complete Component 1 – the devising unit, Component 2 – performance of text and Component 3 – play study exam and live theatre evaluation.

Component 1: Students will create and devise their own play, having been given a number of different stimulus, will perform this to an invited audience and prepare a portfolio which discusses the creative process.

Component 2: Students will perform 2 pieces of text from the same play, which could be a monologue, duologue or small group work. These will be performed in front of an outside examiner and an invited audience.

Component 3: The final written exam which focuses on a specific play text; students will answer questions as a performer, director and a designer. They will also write an evaluation of a live theatre production.

All the work is designed to be challenging, creative and confidence boosting. This course helps students develop a wide range of creative and analytical skills they can take on to college and future employers.

Drama at KS3 is fun, creative and varied, helping pupils develop a wide range of skills including teamwork, empathy and understanding, evaluation, self-control, self-expression and confidence. This subject is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8 and then is offered as an option for Year 9. KS3 topics covered include:

  • Genre and style, such as Pantomime, Melodrama, Physical Theatre, Soap Opera
  • Play Studies, a range of texts from Shakespeare to contemporary plays
  • Drama exploration of a theme, topic or issue such as peer pressure, missing children, WW2, the justice system
  • Skills development such as improvisation, creating a character and devising skills.
  • Play Studies, a range of texts from Shakespeare to contemporary plays
  • Drama exploration of a theme, topic or issue such as peer pressure, WW1 and WW2, the justice system
  • Skills development such as improvisation, creating a character and devising skills.

Cranbourne continues to offer a range of extra-curricular Drama experiences to students, which have included in 2014 performance links with the prestigious Theatre Royal Stratford East in London and the Shakespeare Schools Festival with Anvil Arts. We were delighted to perform on stage in London, winning a competition to be one of only six groups invited to create a Curtain Raiser for the revival of the acclaimed production of Joan Littlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War. Students then went on to perform at the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke their 30 minute Macbeth.

The Christmas pantomime appears to be developing into an annual tradition, from ‘Cinderella’ to ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, with all the fun and colour a family trip to the theatre should have.

After successful and inspiring trips to London in the last few years to see Matilda, War Horse, The Woman in Black, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin the Drama Department continues to offer students the opportunity to visit the theatre at heavily reduced prices. The 5th December 2018 saw a trip the newly refurbished Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see and the acclaimed touring production of Shrek the Musical.