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Drama

 

Drama offers many exciting plays on the academic front and with the opening of the new Theatre, Drama is proving a popular choice.

GCSE Drama in the 4th & 5th Forms

Throughout this highly enjoyable GCSE drama course (Edexcel), students should develop skills in acting, design, directorial, interpretative, devising, evaluative and inter personal/group working skills. The main thrust of the 4th form course is improvisation. Paper 1, Unit 1 of the course takes place in the summer term. This is teacher-assessed practical work, culminating in a 6 hour workshop supported by a portfolio of documentary evidence.

The 5th form course is concerned with the exploration of a full length play chosen by the centre. The students are assessed on this in Paper 1, Unit 2 of the course in the autumn term. This is teacher-assessed practical work, culminating in a 6 hour workshop supported by a portfolio of documentary evidence. Paper 2 of the course takes place in the Easter term. This is an externally assessed practical examination of devised or scripted performances, where the pupils will be assessed on either their acting skills or in a theatre design craft. Overall, both GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies should broaden the students’ experience of theatre, in order to develop their imagination, foster their creativity and promote their personal and social development.

A Level Drama in the Sixth Form

This A Level Drama (Edexcel) and Theatre Studies course will broaden the students’ experience of theatre, in order to develop their imagination, foster their creativity and promote their personal and social development. The L6th form course consists of 2 Units. Unit 1 (autumn term) is concerned with the exploration of Drama and Theatre, through the detailed study of two plays from the point of view of performers, designers and directors. The Students are assessed through practical workshops and exploration notes. Unit 2 (Lent term) involves students undertaking a role within the production of another play, lasting approximately 30 minutes and a Monologue/Duologue lasting 2-5 minutes. A student may be assessed on design, instead of acting, for this part. This will be teacher directed. The students will be assessed by an external examiner on either their acting or design skills.

The U6th form course consists of a further 2 Units. For Unit 3 (autumn term), students will devise an original piece of drama to an audience, using stimuli set by the teacher. Each student will keep a ‘Structured record’, following the specification guidelines. Unit 4 (Lent/summer term) requires a detailed study of two prescribed plays. In Section A, students will develop and shape their ideas for a fully thought out production of a choice of one of three plays prescribed by the exam board. Section B requires students to study and research the production history of a play written and performed before 1914, which will include a live review of a contemporary production of the play seen at first hand. This will culminate in a written paper, in which students may take notes and an annotated text into the exam, in accordance with the specification requirements.

Lamda (Speech & drama lessons)

LAMDA stands for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is one of the most respected drama schools in the country.

The opportunity to study for LAMDA examinations in Performance (Acting) and Communication (Speaking in Public) is now available at The Oratory School.  LAMDA exams, at the higher grades, offer UCAS points; which means they can be added to examination grades achieved at A level to support university applications.  The courses will be taught weekly at the OS by Mrs Olivia Cawood, who graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Acting from the world-renowned Italia Conti Academy in 2003 and worked as a professional actress for 9 years; Olivia has been teaching Acting, Speech and Drama to both children and young adults in schools for a number of years.

If you would like to discuss your son’s individual requirements please contact clare@lovelamda.uk

For more information on LAMDA courses please read the flier.

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Jonathan Bonnett

Head of Drama