KS4 GCSE Drama
Component 1: Devising (40%)
This component deals with devising, which is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work collaboratively with others to explore a range of stimuli in order to create an original performance piece. Devising is essential for the development of new theatre and performance; it allows for personal development and exploration. It allows both performer and designer the opportunity to stretch the limits of their creativity and imagination, while exploring a theme or topic of interest to them and their intended audience. Students will develop skills in group work, research and negotiation, while also developing creativity, performance and design skills. Students will consider the impact that they can make on an audience, as they develop the ideas that they want to communicate. It is assessed through a filmed performance (20%) and portfolio of written evidence (20%) completed in Year 11.
Component 2: Performance from Text (20%)
Understanding a performance text is fundamental to the subject, as this provides students with opportunities to explore plot, structure, narrative and stories from around the world and from different time periods. It encourages them to develop empathy skills, as they consider different characters and develop methods of communicating ideas and themes. This component deals with developing knowledge, understanding and skills in exploring and performing from a performance text. Students will interpret this text (“Blood Brothers”) and rehearse and refine two key extracts, leading to a final performance in Year 11. They will demonstrate and use a wide range of acting skills to communicate their interpretation in performance.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%) Written exam
This component focuses on the work of theatre makers and the theatrical choices that are made by crucial members of the creative and production team in order to communicate ideas to an audience. As theatre makers, students will be develop their knowledge and understanding of the ways in which drama can create meaning for an audience through performance. Students will explore practically how a complete performance text might be interpreted and realised from ‘page to stage’. This exploration will give students an insight into how texts may be brought to life for an audience and the creative roles within this process. Students will also analyse and evaluate their experience of a live theatre performance as informed members of the audience. They will develop skills to recognise the meaning created in the theatre space in order to communicate ideas to an audience. This will give them a more critical and varied approach to their own work as theatre makers. Students must study a complete performance text (“DNA” by Dennis Kelly) and then will respond to an unseen extract from their chosen performance text in the exanimation. The unseen extract will be from a scene or moment that is significant to the text as whole. Extracts will be between 80–100 lines long (this include spoken dialogue and stage directions). Students will also reflect on their experience as an informed member of an audience at a live theatre performance, enabling them to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of performance through analysis and evaluation. They will answer questions on both the text and the live performance in their written examination in Year 11.
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
After you have completed GCSE Drama you can go on to higher levels of study. These include:
• GCE Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level
• BTEC National Performing Arts (Acting).
For further information, please contact the Department Leader, Mrs Hulme-Sheffield, Assistant Headteacher on Hulmefirstname.lastname@example.org.