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Drama Department

Subject Leader Drama Department

Mrs V Hollidge


Our Drama students are dynamic, independent and entrepreneurial – confident in performing, creating, directing, designing, teaching and producing performances for a wide range of contexts.  Our lessons are varied and exciting and involve acting or researching. 

Students will need to bring the correct equipment to all their Drama lessons: pen, pencil and most importantly a focused and creative mind.  GCSE students will also need to bring their Drama workbook, textbook and any scripts they are currently studying.

How can I support my child through KS3 Drama?

  • Ensuring homework is completed to support learning in the lesson
  • Taking them to the theatre
  • Watching drama on television and discussing strengths and weaknesses
  • Talking to them about what they are studying in Drama and their Drama targets

How will my child be assessed in Drama?

There will be practical assessments with every topic.  This will either be through final performances or continually though their practical lessons.  Homework will consist of development tasks on work completed in lessons, such as a set design for a script or mask design for a character, writing up evaluations and rehearsing for assessment at breaks or lunchtimes.

Recommended Websites

  • http://www.aqa.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/
  • https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning
  • https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=national+theatre+discover
  • https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/resources
  • https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zbckjxs


Key Stage 3

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

  • Drama toolkit – exploration of a range of drama skills
  • Comedia Dell Arte – centre of leading, tension levels & animalistic qualities, mask work
  • Darkwood Manor – role play, sound & atmosphere, directing
  • From page to stage – developing scripted drama as a production team; directing, set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design
  • Historical genre – researching, structuring, promenade style, sound & lighting design.

Year 8

  • Maria Stone Case Notes – unravelling clues, Q&A, interrogations, presentations, Courtroom set design
  • Park Bench – role on the wall, monologue, acting & reacting, costume design
  • Romeo and Juliet - character motivation, stage fighting, performance structure & sound design
  • Joyriders – Stanislavski techniques, movement, character, directing & Sound design.
  • Handspring Puppet work – the three elements, puppet design & puppeteering skills
  • “39 Steps”– comedy, script work, characterisation, directing & set design

Key Stage 4

Exam board:    AQA
Qualification:   GCSE / A LEVEL
Specification:  GCSE DRAMA 8261 / A LEVEL DRAMA AND THEATRE 7262

How is the course assessed?

Component 1: Understanding Drama (Written Exam) - 40% Total: 80

  • ​General Knowledge - 4 Marks
  • Set Text - "39 Steps" - 44 Marks
  • Live Theatre Performance - 32 Marks

Component 2: Devising Drama (Internal Exam) - 40% Total: 80

  • LOG 1: Inspiration and Intention - 20 Marks
  • LOG 2: Developments - 20 Marks
  • Performance - 30 Marks
  • LOG 3: Analysis and Evaluation - 20 Marks

Component 3: Text in Practice (External Exam) - 20% Total 40

  • Key Scene 1 - 20 Marks
  • Key Scene 2 - 20 Marks

What is covered on the course?

For Component 1 we study the play Blood Brothers, looking at all aspects of production from acting and rehearsing to design such as lighting and set.  

Students study theatre styles such as Physical Theatre. Puppeteering, Stanislavski’s Methods and Brecht’s Epic Theatre to influence their own devised work in preparation for Component 2.

To prepare for Component 3 they will explore play texts such as Teechers by John Godber, DNA by Dennis Kelly and Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. For their actual Component 2 performances students will perform from a wide range of different plays.  


Enrichment and Extra Curricular

There is a strong tradition of theatre visits, workshops and extra-curricular work. There are Drama clubs at lunchtime and rehearsals after school. There is an annual KS3 talent Competition which is open to anyone who wishes to compete.

The Drama department annually stages a school production the Oaks theatre; these are positively received by the school and the community of Knole Academy.  

Recent Theatre Visits

  • I’m Not Running  The National Theatre
  • The Play That Goes Wrong  Duchess Theatre
  • Woman In Black  Fortune Theatre
  • Everyone’s Talking About Jamie  Apollo Theatre
  • School Of Rock New London Theatre
  • 39 Steps  Stag Theatre
  • Blood Brothers  Churchill Theatre

and Workshops

  • Physical Theatre Workshop  Frantic Assembly
  • Blood Brothers workshop Stage-ed
  • 39 Steps workshop Stage-ed
  • Backstage Tour  National Theatre
  • Dr Faustus / Christopher Marlowe workshop  Dr Tom Band
  • Playwright Q&A Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time)


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