Samantha Rowberry             :  Head of Department
Joanne Hicks                         :  Teacher of Drama

Joanne Hicks                :   jhicks@englishcollege.ac.ae

Samantha Rowberry    :  srowberry@englishcollege.ac.ae

Drama at The English College is a very popular subject with a record of exceptional results at GCSE and A Level. Creativity, a love of learning and academic independence is developed through practical learning experiences, introduction to alternative performance methodologies and technologies, as well as exploring ‘real life’ in the safety of the Drama Studio. Through a combination of theory and practice students develop the necessary skills to become effective thinkers, communicators and compassionate global citizens.

Years 7, 8 and 9 will be introduced to the Devising, Performing and Evaluating skills required for GCSE. Through practical exploration of play texts such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and topical issues such as Human Rights, pupils will develop their understanding of language, semiotics, symbolism , history, politics as well as improving their presentation skills, communication, confidence and acting ability.

September 2017 onwards will see students using the new grading system of 1-9 with the new specification.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
  • develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas

The course consists of three components:

Component 1: Devising 1DR0/01

40% of the qualification – 60 marks

Content overview

  • Create and develop a devised piece of theatre as part of an ensemble
  • Performance of this original piece in front of a live audience
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance

Component 2: Performance from Text  1DR0/02

20% of the qualification – 48 marks

Content overview

  • Students will perform a monologue/ duologue or group piece from two key extracts from a published play

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 1DR0/03

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of the qualification – 60 marks

Content overview

Section A Bringing Texts to Life 45 marks – 6 short and extended questions

  • Practical exploration and study of The Crucible by Arthur Miller – a play about the salem witch trials, fear and truth

Section B Live Theatre Evaluation 15 marks – 2 extended questions

  • Evaluation of Live Theatre where students can deconstruct performance and design elements from a play they have seen

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre
  • understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical
  • contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
  • understand the practices used in 21st-century theatre making

Component 1: Devising  9DR0/01

40% of the qualification – 80 marks

Content overview

  • Devise an original performance piece based on a stimulus and with influence of a key theatre practitioner
  • Perform the work in front of an invited audience
  • Analyse and evaluate the creative process of working as a theatre company

Component 2: Text in Performance 9DR0/02

20% of the qualification – 60 marks

Content overview

  • A group performance of one key extract from a published play
  • A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.

 Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 9DR0/03

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of the qualification – 80 marks

Content overview

  • Live theatre evaluation of a performance they have seen
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete published play text– focusing on how this can be realised for performance
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

KS3 – Students will expect to have learning homework, rehearsals for practical assessment

GCSE – Students should expect to complete two hours homework a week. This will be through tasks set by the teacher and rehearsal

A Level – Students should expect to study for the equivalent of 6 lessons outside the classroom each week. This will be through tasks set by the teacher in addition to independent study and rehearsal

  • Weekly Drama Club
  • Primary School Liaison
  • Theatre visits (Dubai Opera, Madinat, DUCTAC)
  • Regular visits from innovative theatre makers offering workshops like Mark Wheeler, Frantic Assembly, Splendid Theatre
  • LitFest- Interviews and performance with prolific actors and playwrights like Robert Lyndsay, Stephen Berkoff, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Carol Anne Duffy
  • School Trips to London and New York with focus upon Theatre
  • Whole School Productions