Drama

Head of department: Mrs H Ruding-Bryan


Overview

Drama at Jubilee High School is a fantastic subject, taught by 4 dedicated and vibrant teachers who are committed to delivering engaging and exciting lessons. Our staff have first-hand experience in the professional theatre world as well as television and radio. This is something we believe to be imperative if we are to inspire the actors and directors of tomorrow as well as instilling confidence in our students across the board. We assess the students with a practical every half-term with performances to invited audiences of parents and peers.

Our students benefit from a state-of-the-art theatre, with full, professional lighting and sound rigs, large stage, 225 seat auditorium, drama workshop studio and mirrored dance studio as well as practice rooms, wardrobe and recording suite.


Year 7

Year 7 students participate in a range of practical skills lessons that inspire, build and nurture our students. Our topics include ‘Introduction to Drama’, ‘Pantomime’, ‘Shakespeare Tales,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Sweeney Todd.’ Throughout the year they learn and refine new skills as well as working on characterisation, actor’s voice, projection and confidence.


Year 8

Our Year 8 students continue to participate in skills-based lessons with a clear focus on those which are transferable to KS4. Year 8 topics include ‘Introduction to Genre,’ ‘Darkwood Manor,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Let Him Have It,’ and focussed script work with ‘DNA’ and ‘Noughts and Crosses.’


Year 9

Year 9 begin the BTEC Performance Course ’Acting’ which is a fantastic course that prepares students for the world of acting and theatre, whilst building self-confidence and developing students into responsible and thoughtful adults. In the first year, we focus on honing skills and building confidence in performing to invited audiences. We cover improvisation skills based on ‘Stephen Lawrence,’ ‘Too Much Punch For Judy’ play scripts, ‘Monologue and Actor’s Voice,’ ‘Theatre in Education’ and ‘Shakespeare re-told.’


Year 10

During Year 10 we work on professionalism and acting as a company. The students are introduced to blocking and setting original plays, devising from stimulus and learning and developing roles, learning lines and directing.

We perform sections from ‘Bouncers,’ ‘Shakers’ and ‘DNA’ as well as ‘Actor’s Monologues’ and ‘Directing Theatre in Education’.

Year 11

In year 11 we complete the coursework elements of the BTEC course as well as performing final productions to large invited audiences. We perform plays such as ‘Bouncers & Shakers’, ‘DNA’, ‘Blood Brothers,’ ‘Blue Remembered Hills,’ ‘Teechers’ and many others that we alternate with Year 10. They also complete an actor’s folder containing evidence that they are meeting the standards to pass their Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts. They complete three units of work - two are marked in school and one is externally marked. All units are externally verified and assessed. 


Homework

Within drama there is a variety of homework set. These range from researching historical context of a play, learning lines and developing their characters, writing monologues and creating presentations on skills learnt.


Enrichment

In drama at JHS we host a wide range of clubs and trips throughout the year. We have KS3 Drama Club, Musical Theatre Club as well as trips to Woking Theatre and London’s West End. We also hold many rehearsals in the evenings and some Saturdays and hold performances each term that families and friends are invited to come and watch.


Useful Links

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/performing-arts-2012-nqf.html

Schools Based resources:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/drama/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover-more/digital-classroom/resource-packs

Shakespeare:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/60secondshakespeare/

Commedia Del Arte:

http://www.davidclaudon.com/arte/commedia.html

Backstage/Technical support:

http://people.bath.ac.uk/su2bc/infoguides/index.shtml

http://www.costumepage.org/

Mime:

http://www.mime.info/

Drama and the Arts open a host of job possibilities. These include Actor, Director, Producer, Post-Producer, Lighting and Sound Technician, Stage Manager, SFX, Set Designer, Playwright, Media Presenter, Teacher and beyond!