Performing Arts is a vibrant and energetic department, which develops a creative and disciplined approach to the study of Drama and Music through a combination of practical and written activities, trips and performances. We believe passionately that the study of the performing arts offers not just performance skills but skills for life. Not only are our learners given the opportunity to use and develop their skills by taking part in technique classes, workshops and live performances, they also develop skills in leadership, communication, time management, organization, creativity and self-discipline – all of which will assist them in a variety of career paths.
The study of Drama develops the knowledge and understanding of Drama as an Art form, developing practical skills for performance including the use of voice, physicalization, use of stage space, characterization, and storytelling, through practical workshops. Script and improvisation are used to explore a range of styles from a variety of playwrights and theatre practitioners, and learners have the opportunity to devise their own work. They will get to see extracts of professional productions from a range of genres and evaluate what makes them successful.
Acting also develops the emotional intelligence of the learners, producing well-rounded individuals who learn empathy, and to command the attention of a room full of people. They present themselves confidently and they learn the arts of collaboration, cooperation and effective communication. They also have a lot of fun in the process!
In years 7 and 8 Drama is taught by specialists in one lesson per week on a half termly cycle with Music. In year 9 pupils can opt to do BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting), equivalent to GCSE 9-4: this practically based course offers the development of vocational practical skills for performance including voice and movement. Pupils learn how to create their own work through the process of devising theatre as well as perform in scripted plays. They study professional repertoire and explore the various roles and responsibilities necessary to make it a success.
The department runs regular trips to live theatre performances.
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