DramaGCSE Drama is a practical, artistic subject which aims to develop creative and imaginative powers.
What is Drama?
GCSE Drama is a practical, artistic subject which aims to develop creative and imaginative powers. It is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. This is a course of self-expression, play and creating a group dynamic from which anything is possible. Theatre visits form an integral part of the course, with at least one being reviewed in detail for assessment.
What will I study?
How drama is created, including all the acting and staging skills that are needed to put a piece of drama on to the stage
How to create a character and play this character in a performance
Exploring different play scripts and how a playwright structures their ideas
Various stimuli to help prompt and develop improvised scenes
Many skills that are highly valued in any walk of life including teamwork and confidently presenting yourself in public.
Why should I study Drama?
‘We will not succeed in navigating the complex environment of the future by peering relentlessly into a rear view mirror. To do so, we would be out of our minds’.
Sir Ken Robinson
Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet its challenges.
How is it assessed?
There are 3 units and almost all assessment is practical. There are no written examinations although you will be required to keep a thorough written record of your practical work and the live theatre review. You will explore themes, ideas and plays in a wholly practical way and your teacher will assess how well you have done. In Unit 3 you will be required to perform in a play or contribute a form of design to a production such as costume, ighting or sound. You will perform the play with a visiting examiner in the audience.
Exam Board: ED
What do I need?
Above all, enjoyment and imagination but also the ability to: Express yourself in an active and exciting way Work collaboratively in a group
Contribute your ideas and take on board those of others Explore ideas by putting yourself in other people’s shoes Play many parts in different imaginary situations Create your own drama work Study plays written by other people
A blank journal and plays by Harold Pinter.
For more information, take a look at current GCSE students discussing their work on the DLD website.
“Drama is simply amazing. This is where we learn to express ourselves, work as a team and learn to trust. The teachers are fantastic, they not only teach us, but also care for us and our welfare.”
Huong Trang To – Current DLD Student