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Drama GCSE at Warlingham School

Course description

Drama is offered to students with an interest in all aspects of Theatre. Most of the course is practical, including creative workshops in improvisation, scripted acting, dance drama, lighting design, mask making, make-up, set and costume design. The techniques of making effective theatre performances are studied through practical exploration whilst students analyse and extend their work through written coursework. This coursework includes keeping a journal of their lessons, studying texts, reviewing live theatre and essay work on all these areas. Students are strongly encouraged to see as many live performances as possible to enhance their understanding. Parents and students should note that at least two compulsory theatre visits will be made during the two years to fulfil the review coursework requirements. All students are required to perform to a variety of audiences during the course, and in a variety of group sizes ranging from solo to large ensemble pieces. Line learning is a requirement for some projects. The school has three Drama spaces and is equipped with a full lighting rig, computerised lighting desk, video camera, recorder and monitor, a sound system, wardrobe, a well equipped make-up box and mask making facilities. The largest Drama studio is adaptable for full stage performances as well as for smaller studio productions. How will I be assessed? Practical Coursework 60% (which includes some written tasks) Option 1: Theatre in Education Presentation Option 2: Scripted Performance or Design for Theatre (Design skills include: set, lighting, sound, costume, make-up, masks, puppetry or properties) Written examination 40% Essay 1: Set text (based on work done for Option 2) Essay 2: Live Theatre review

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warlingham School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years