Updated: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Drama at The Bulmershe School
Introduction to the Dept and Subject
Drama is a thriving department within the school at all key stages. We are lucky enough to have two drama studios (one fully equipped with lighting and sound system that is used as a studio theatre). We are, as a department, really lucky to have access to a 400 seater auditorium for the department to explore as a further exciting performance space. The department is brand new and has recently created a fresh performance based syllabus which is now being implemented at all key stages, whilst not ignoring the theoretical rigour required in higher key stages.
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Mrs K Whitmarsh
Key Stage 3 – Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Topics covered include (Year 7): Basics of Drama / The Tempest by William Shakespeare / Soundtracks & Soundscapes / Mime / Improvisation / Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
Year8: Commedia Dell’Arte / Use of Voice / Technical Theatre / Silent Movies / Our Day Out by Willy Russell.
Year 9: Realism / Dramatic Tension and Horror / Physical Theatre / Stage Combat / Comedy is a Serious Business.
Key Stage 4 – We are a popular choice at GCSE having two groups each in Year 9, 10 and Year 11. We follow the Edexcel exam board and a copy of the drama syllabus can be found here: www.edexcel.com . The course is split into 3 units and is heavily practically weighted. There is no written examination. 30% of the course will be completed in Year 10
Key Stage 5 – We follow the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 course (www.edexcel.com). The A-Level is extremely popular with the students who take it both in Year 12 and Year 13. There are 4 units, Units 1 & 2 are completed in Year 12 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 13. Unit 4 is the written examination at the end of Year 13 which ample preparation is given to throughout the course.
The department is extremely busy outside of lessons also. The Diary of Anne Frank was performed as a Studio Production in July 2014, while GREASE was performed to a sell out 400 seater Theatre three times over in January 2015 as the first production to open the new 400 seater auditorium. We follow that up this year with Little Shop of Horrors. As well as this there is Drama Clubs for all years at KS3 and the department is also alive with GCSE and A-Level extra performance tuition. Trips happen regularly to the West End and Local theatres – last year these included: Billy Elliot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time, The History Boys and The Drowned Man.