At Immanuel college the Drama Classroom is one of the few places where real-world life skills are still taught: Self-confidence, self-evaluation, creative thinking, language, communication, flexibility & problem Solving, concentration, creativity and imagination, thinking skills, learning to express, public speaking/presenting, teamwork, develop tolerance and empathy, leadership and decision making.
What we study in Key Stage Three:
We look at understanding drama techniques cross-cutting, choral work, still image, thought tracking, flashback, narration, cross-cutting and physical theatre to help gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation. During Key stage three, we explore many play texts, some of which include Blackout, A Dolls Hous, Face, Grimms Tales, The Play of Kes, Inspector calls and DNA. This has many benefits including, improving reading and speaking skills, increasing subject knowledge and encouraging creativity.
As well as this we explore a number of different drama styles, including Verbatim Theatre, Storytelling, Physical theatre, mime etc. Looking at drama styles helps students develop stronger analytical thinking skills, encourages creativity and allow them to be able to lead/direct others. We also study different Theatre Practitioners, including Bertolt Brecht and Stanislavski to help expand students knowledge on historical/ political issues, experience how theatre-makers collaborate to create theatre to help influence our work and to aid objective thinking. We also spend a lot of time on presentation skills, to help improve our public speaking abilities. Performing builds poise and confidence when standing in front of others.
GCSE Drama- AQA
Students gain a practical understanding of Drama and apply this knowledge to their performances as they develop their practical skills. Students can choose to be a performer or can take on the role of designer in lighting, sound, set or costume. Students must choose one role throughout the component but can choose different roles throughout the course.
Component 01/02: Devising drama
Students research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama. They complete a portfolio of evidence during the devising process, give a final performance of their drama, and write an evaluation of their work.
Component 03: Presenting and performing texts
Students develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. The chosen extracts must allow sufficient exploration of dialogue, plot and/or subplot, and characterisation for students to work in-depth on their acting or design skills.
Component 04: Drama: Performance and response
Students explore practically a whole performance text and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed, performed and responded to. They also analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.
A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies- AQA
The course inspires students to become independent theatre-makers with the skills they need to go on to higher education, whether that is to study a course in drama and theatre or another subject. This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. Students choose to develop skills as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or a combination of these.
Extra-curricular activities include a weekly Improvisation Club for Key stage three. We are also taking part this year in the “National Theatre Connections”, which is an annual, nationwide youth theatre festival.
We also spend time at lunchtime and after school preparing for the “Senior School Drama” Production in the Autumn Term, as well as joining with the Music Department for the Summer Musical. Students have the opportunity to perform or to work on the technical requirements of the productions. Past productions have included Oliver!, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, Mary Poppins, Three Sisters, The Crucible, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof in July 2021.
LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. They have been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. In this time, the qualifications have helped hundreds of thousands of candidates of all ages and abilities to develop lifelong skills.
The Drama Department offers students the opportunity to take LAMDA lessons during the school day. Students will also have the opportunity to perform their work on a LAMDA evening in the spring term.