If ‘All the world’ really is a stage, then GCSE Drama at Ballard is most definitely the wings of that stage … The subject not only prepares students well for the rigours of A level Theatre Studies, but also brings its own unique and wonderful challenges.
GCSE Drama is now a thoroughly academic subject, with emphasis on analysis and theatre criticism in the written paper (40%) as well as performance and technical skills.
Each year group will perform in two major productions each worth 30%, one a popular play and one the devised piece, which is entirely their own work, from concept to performance. They will also see a variety of live theatre productions during the two year course, to reinforce their knowledge of the theatre and support their written work. Most importantly, however, they learn to love going to the theatre for its own sake!
The two year course is demanding and challenging, but a huge amount of fun is to be had, with students frequently carrying on with their love of Drama into college and beyond. Recent productions include The Canterbury Tales, An Inspector Calls and The Importance of being Earnest and Pygmalion Act 2.
Themes for the devised work have included diverse topics such as sexism and mobile phones and the students in Year Ten have just performed 'A Christmas Carol'.
Great exam results follow great rehearsals and productions and GCSE Drama at Ballard has an enviable five year unbroken record of 100% A*-C grades.
If one is after a subject that facilitates group work, develops lifelong friendships, encourages autonomy and independence and boosts self-esteem and confidence, GCSE Drama is that subject.
Drama is taught as a discrete subject within the English and Drama department. All pupils in Years 6-9 follow a Drama programme based on National Curriculum strategies.
We believe that Drama is a key subject and that the skills taught in Drama such as creativity, confidence, concentration and cooperation are assets in all subjects and in all areas of life.
Drama promotes self-esteem, social skills, communication skills; it stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
It is also fun- we learn by doing. All students will have developed many of the skills needed to take Drama at GCSE if they choose this option.