Head of Department: Mrs. L Hall
The Drama Department has excellent facilities at Countesthorpe Academy. Three performance spaces and techincal equipment which allows students to be assessed on lighting and sound.
Why study this course?
Drama will give you transferable skills which will equip you for an ever changing employment landscape. Communication, problem sloving, then ability to self-manage and work as part of a team and creativity, are highly valued by employers. Many of our students have successful careers outside of Drama and acknowledge that taking the course has helped them to be successful in careers such as law and criminology in addition to taking up careers in the Performing Arts and Arts Adminstration sectors.
We approach the study of Drama and Theatre from three key viewpoints:
1.Actor– As an actor you will develop your acting skills – interpretation of character, exploration of style, voice, physicality and stage relationships with others.
2.Director– As a director you will develop your interpretative skills when working with plays. You will instigate ideas for performance and develop a directorial vision when working on original material or text.
3.Designer – As a designer you will develop your design skills and consider how design impacts upon an audience. You will develop ideas for set creation, costume, lighting and sound design.
A desire to particpate in and attend live theatre is essential in this course.
Drama is a subject that requires commitment and dedication; you will be working individually, in pairs, small groups and whole group on assessment tasks and classwork. Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a supportive atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods depending on the options chosen:
• Acting skills in performance and rehearsal
• Technical skills in performance and design
• Evaluation skills thorugh continuous prose, portfolio or blog
• Formal written skills
• Your ability to review live theatre
You will be formally examined on each unit that you study either by your teacher, a visiting examiner or in a written exam at the end of the second year.
Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education at Degree or HND level or drama school. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. One measure of the subject's regards is that it is highly rated by Cambridge University, amoung others, for Law courses.