The Drama Department at Strathearn comprises 2 teachers. Students enjoy their Drama lessons in a bright and modern purpose built Drama Studio with lighting bars and a sound board to immerse them in all aspects of drama.
Strathearn’s Drama Department aims to:
- develop a personal interest in drama and be motivated and inspired by studying a broad, coherent and rewarding course
- actively engage in the process of dramatic study so they develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
- work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
- reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
- develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
- develop as active citizens for their future, in employment and society, as well as for the possible further study of drama
- consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
Overview of work
Pupils can study Drama at GCSE and A level.
At Key Stage 4, we follow the CCEA GCSE Specification which comprises of three units:
- Component 1 - the class will work together in groups to create plays based on three topical areas offered by the examinations board. The class will perform these plays to an invited audience in form four and will then write a portfolio detailing their experience.
- Component 2 - the class will work together in groups to bring a published script to life under the direction of their teacher. They will perform to an invited audience in the Easter term of form five.
- Component 3 - the class will study ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller and will answer questions based on live theatre that they will experience over the course through our attendance at local theatre events and through an optional trip to London’s west end.
At Key Stage 5, Strathearn School teaches Edexcel/ Pearson A Level in Drama & Theatre Studies.
It is a linear, two-year qualification with a 40% written examination at the end of Upper Sixth and 60% performance based work. They will research how to apply complex theories from two practitioners, Stanislavsky and Brecht, to their own work. They will cover diverse set texts from Ancient Greek (Lysistrata by Aristophanes) to modern Expressionistic texts (Machinal by Sophie Treadwell) and they will evaluate live theatre.
Through the Drama Department, pupils enjoy a range of extra curricular opportunities including:
- Junior Drama Club (lunchtimes weekly from November)
- House Plays (September – October)
- Junior School Productions
- Whole school musicals (in conjunction with C.C.B)
Pupils who take Drama at Strathearn go on to further study and work in a variety of areas including educational institutions, arts organisations, media companies and hospitality and leisure organisations.