Drama Department Staff
For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs L Bache the Curriculum Leader
- Mrs L Bache - Curriculum Leader
Students are welcomed into Drama and encouraged to make new friends through their first unit of work. Bridging the gap from primary school to high school, students learn the basics of acting: how to use movement and voice to convey meaning to their audience, through games and confidence building activities. They learn improvisation skills and to devise work as a group. Moving onto a Twisted Fairy Tale unit students are taught the basics of physical theatre, narration and performing to an audience. The Drama curriculum then compliments the English curriculum, with students studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a practical way bringing our skills together resulting in a whole class performance of ‘The Macbeth Mash Up’. We move on to a musical theatre unit in line with the Music curriculum and look at the history of musical theatre, work on group performances of scenes from musicals. Ending the year with a modern play scripted performance in groups.
Drama is studied in humanities groups once a week throughout Year 7. Drama is not timetabled as part of the curriculum in Years 8 or 9. However, there are opportunities within the English curriculum. There are also specific extra curricular drama clubs offered to all year groups.
Year 10 and 11
Drama GCSE AQA 8261 is studied in Years 10 and 11. It is an optional subject.
The course consists of 3 Components.
Component 1 includes the knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre, the study of 'Blood Brothers' and an analysis of the work of live theatre makers.
Component 2 includes the process of devising drama, the performance of a devised drama and the analysis and evaluation of their own work.
Component 3 includes the performance of two extracts from one play, which must contrast with the play for Component 1.
As part of the GCSE all students are encouraged to see a piece of live theatre- with the recent restrictions we have gained access to The National Theatre collection where there are many recorded performances that all students and their families can access.
In addition, we aim to enhance the students experience of Drama through the extra-curricular activities that are accessible in the department for all year groups. With opportunities including weekly drama clubs, opportunities to perform in both whole school productions as well as smaller scale productions, links with Runshaw college, theatre trips and workshops with industry professionals, including musical theatre and acting for camera workshops.
Thanks to the Balshaw's association We have recently benefitted from a refurbishment of the lighting equipment that we have in school and encourage students to learn about technical theatre.
On Wednesday 11th March 2020, we welcomed Mike Southern, from Stage-Ed, to school. Mike ran a practical workshop on Blood Brothers for our GCSE drama students. You can read more about Mike's visit here.
On Thursday 16th January 2020, we were thrilled to welcome former Balshaw's student Rebecca Eastham to school. Rebecca ran several workshops on acting, musical theatre and acting for camera throughout the day. These were delivered to our GCSE drama and music students, along with some of our drama club students from the lower school. You can read more about Rebecca's visit here.