Welcome to Drama

Subject Overview
At Peacehaven Community School we have a very busy and lively Drama Department. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to shine and we run clubs and productions that cater for as many students as possible.

The Drama Faculty are specialist drama practitioners with professional and industry experience. We encourage and support students in creating live theatre work of the very highest standards across the key stages. We aim to instil the students with a love of Drama whilst giving them the knowledge and understanding of the principals of Theatre.

We deliver a creative and culturally diverse curriculum and stage and varied range of productions over the course of the academic year including a whole school play or musical in December and year 10 and 11 public performances in the spring and summer terms, as well as additional exam performances throughout the year.

We offer theatre trips to London well as to the local theatre each year and aim to make these trips as affordable as possible.

School Production / Drama Clubs
Everyone is invited to take part in the annual production including local primary school children. Main roles are awarded following audition. Taking part is a joyful experience that is never forgotten by a child, and it also develops not only drama skills, but social and teamwork skills. We also recruit stage crew who work on the technical aspects of the show and are given the opportunity to participate every year. Next years production will be "GREASE", keep an eye on the website for further information.

When the production is over, we run a weekly drama club which is open to all year groups, although stage crew runs throughout the year.

List of Performances at PCS
2017
- Annie, Blithe Spirit, The BFG
2016 - A Christmas Carol, Ernie's Incredible Illucinations, Missing Dan Nolan
2015 - Peter Pan the British Musical, Into the Beyond, The Exam, The Miracle
2014 - Return to the Forbidden Planet, The White Cat, Pack up your Troubles, A Vampire Story, DNA
2013 - Oliver, The Dome, Phantastamgoria, Fairground, Estron Close
2012 - The Wizard of Oz, Send in the Clowns, Clowns - Circus spectacular, Dust, Living with Lady Macbeth
2011 - Toad of Toad Hall, Oh What a Lovely War, Noel Coward Reflections, Mother Courage, Seventeen
2010 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Brokenville, Two, Stuff I Buried in a Small Town, The Last Resort
2009 - Sweeney Todd, Chatroom, The Threepenny Opera
2008 - The Boyfriend
2007 - Disco Inferno, Romeo and Juliet
2006 - Bugsy Malone, The Crucible
2004 - Grease
2002 - The Magic Faraway Tree

From the PCS production of Annie

Opportunities
We aim to introduce our students to professionals working in the industry where possible and in 2014 we commissioned local author Stephen Plaice www.stephenplaice.co.uk to write a new play for one of our Y11 Drama groups. Stephen has recently won a Royal Philharmonic Society award in the Learning and Participation category in May this year, for his writing of ’Imago’ at Glyndebourne. Stephen is also writer in residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Harry Bowerman who is Head of Technical Theatre at the prestigious East 15 School of Acting came to talk with a group of our GCSE Drama students about careers in Stage Production. Students present at the talk are either studying Technical Drama GCSE or are acting students who wish to progress into the performing arts industry.

The Future for Drama Students
When drama students leave PCS many go on to study either Performing Arts or Drama at A level and we have several who are at University studying Drama, Theatre Studies or Dance; or who have gone on to Drama School. Several of our Drama Technical students have gone on to study Stage Production at college and University and are planning careers in this area of work as well as event management and production.

Drama is also a highly desirable subject for employers who value skills that drama students can bring: excellent communication skills, leadership skills, communication skills and being good team workers

Building you up
Drama provides greater self-awareness and self-confidence. It can give students the ability to make decisions and carry them out and help them to work creatively and imaginatively within a group

• Confidence • Co-operation • Concentration • Co-ordination • Communication

Teaching and Learning

Year 7

Drama is taught in mixed ability groups

Terms 1 and 2

Introduction to drama skills:

Students are introduced to the basics of drama skills such as freeze frames, tableau, improvisation, response to music and status in drama. They are also encouraged to enter into the ethos of developing personal skills required in drama such as co-operation, team building, flexible thinking and communication. 

Terms 3 and 4

Haunted and Hunted
A fun module that looks at a range of acting styles, the development of audience awareness and creative thinking. An introduction to the technical skills of using lighting and sound to enhance performance. 

Greek Theatre
The first history of theatre module at PCS focuses on Greek theatre. Students learn about how theatre began, and develop further skills in working as an ensemble as well as developing vocal skills by playing to a large audience.

Terms 5 and 6

Evacuees WW2
A recap of drama skills learnt since September and applying them in a devised class performance about evacuees in World War 2. Focus on ensemble, tableau, self-scripted scenes, improvisation and continued emphasis on co-operation.

Year 8

Drama is taught in mixed ability groups

Terms 1 and 2

Drama Through the Ages – Introducing the performance of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays, in particular, focusing on the opening scenes. Students also learn about Restoration Theatre. Students have the opportunity to apply Restoration make-up and learn dance of the period.

Technical module
Learning about enhancing performances with lighting, sound, set, costume and props. Those who prefer performing have the opportunity, while technicians are identified.

Terms 3 and 4

Genres A hands on module that looks at a range of drama genres. Leading to Alfred Hitchcock’s idea about creating dramatic tension and suspense in drama.

Trestle masks
Working with specialist Trestle mask to explore mime, gesture and non-verbal communication.

Terms 5 and 6

Blood Brothers - script
Script based module studying the play and interpreting for performance. Focus on developing comedy skills, ensemble work, and exploring themes.

KS4 Courses offered

Btec Technical Award Level 1 -2 Performing Arts (Acting)

Year 9

Drama is taught in mixed ability groups

Terms 1 and 2

A complete tour of the Performing arts. Focus on job roles in theatre and experimenting with make-up, lighting, dance, singing, sound, improvisation, script.

Terms 3 and 4
Introduction to Theatre Practitioners
and start preparation for Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts.Students explore different styles of drama and practitioners.
Terms 5 and 6
Students continue Component 1 and learn about Physical Theatre, Naturalism and Verbatim Theatre, there will also be visits to live theatre

Year 10

Drama is taught in mixed ability groups

Terms 1 and 2
Prepare for and learn about Devising techniques in preparation for Component 3 – Performing to a Brief.  

Terms 3 and 4
Component 3 is set by Pearson.
This is a devised piece of work that is presented at the end of March. It is marked externally by Pearson.

Terms 5 and 6
Evaluate final performance.
Evaluation marked by Pearson. This is worth 40% of your final grade.Students then finalise their work on Component 1 and take part in a range of skills workshops.

Year 11

Drama is taught in mixed ability groups

Terms 1 and 2

Take part in workshops for Component 2. Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts.This will be a scripted performance – a play or extracts from a play.This component has three learning aims, Learning Aim A and B are practical, and Learning Aim C is a logbook and rehearsal diary that must be kept up to date.

Terms 3 and 4
Take part in rehearsals for Component 2. Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts.This will be a scripted performance – a play or extracts from a play.This component has three learning aims, Learning Aim A and B are practical, and Learning Aim C is a logbook and rehearsal diary that must be kept up to date.Public performance for Component 2.This is worth 20% of your final grade and is marked internally and moderated externally.

Terms 5
Students do final evaluation of their work and catch up on any missed coursework .

Assessment

For current Y11 and Y10 Technicians.

Students at KS3 are assessed using 1-9 Grade Descriptors.

Btec Level 1/2 Performing Arts is 25% externally assessed and 75% internally assessed and externally moderated.  There are three units:

Unit 1: Letter of Application for a progression opportunity supplied by Pearson, and an audition to camera, or presentation of technical skills to camera.  (30 guided learning hours) Externally assessed 25% of qualification.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production: A devised piece of work (actors) with rehearsal log, technicians providing technical support with a technical rehearsal log. (30 guided learning hours) Internally assessed and externally moderated 25% of qualification.

Unit 3:  Skills development workshops.  Focus on all aspects of voice, performance skills and technical skills.  Evidence provided by workshop and rehearsal logs, video evidence. (60 guided learning hours) Internally assessed and externally moderated 50% of qualification.

For Y9 and Y10 actors
Btec Level 1/2 Technical Award in the Performing Arts

Component One - Exploring the Performing Arts 30% Assessed internally and moderated externally. 36 guided learning hours exploring styles and practitioners, and assessed by a presentation.

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Perfomring Arts. 30% Assessed internally and moderated externally. 36 guided learning hours taking part in practical workshops to build your drama skills and you will then perform in a scripted performance. You will keep a logbook of workshops and rehearsal diaries.

Component Three - Responding to a Brief 40% examined externally. 48 guided learning hours. You will be given a brief by the exam board and will devise a piece of drama in groups. You will keep a devising log and perform to an audience.

Homework

Homework is set once a week in years 9-11 in accordance with the homework timetable.
Homework is part of the written coursework and it is essential that it is completed every week.

Teaching Staff

Ms Jenny Alborough, Head of Drama - jalborough@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
Mr Mark Robertson, Drama Teacher - mrobertson@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ms Emily Blake, Drama Technician - eblake@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

Notices

Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100
enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk