Drama

"I made mistakes in drama.  I thought drama was when actors cried.  But drama is when the audience cries"

Frank Capra

"Acting should be bigger than life.  Scripts should be bigger than life.  It should all be bigger than life"

Bette Davis

At Moulsham, Drama is delivered by an experienced team of specialists.  We feel really strongly about the power and immediacy of drama and theatre and its ability to engage young people, teach valuable life skills and be an essential and integral part of our vision to Enjoy, Enrich and Achieve.

The members of the Drama team are innovators, always striving to find new, engaging, practical, challenging and fun ways to deliver the curriculum.  We like to balance historical and traditional elements - all students explore Shakespeare, Greek Theatre and Medieval Morality plays at KS3 - whilst also pushing forward with contemporary play texts, challenging modern themes and learning how drama is made in the 21st Century.

Drama is delivered in our dedicated drama spaces, including our specialist black box studio where lighting and sound are at ground level and students are encouraged to make use of the facilities.  Other resources include digital projectors, professional masks for Trestle and Commedia Dell'Arte work, a portable lighting rig for small-scale performances around the site, an extensive library of plays and text books within the department and a growing collection of plays and theory on DVD in the school library.

Throughout a student's life at Moulsham there are many opportunities outside of lessons to become part of Team Drama.  Our weekly clubs and activities include:

  • Year 7 Drama Club and Year 8/9 Drama Club, which produce showcases of their work at Christmas and at the end of the summer term.
  • The Sixth Form Players rehearsals for the Sixth Form play that is performed at Christmas.
  • The Drama department also collaborates with our colleagues in the Performing Arts faculty and from across the school to produce our annual Whole School Production.  Shows over the last few years have included Guys & Dolls, Oliver!, Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  See the Downloads tab for more details of these activities.
  • The Drama Surgery is a name we give to our daily rehearsal session.  Students in all years are often set homework to rehearse for performance assessments.  We open our second drama space every lunch time and these sessions are supervised by A-Level Drama students, who also support the younger students by directing them.
  • The department also present performance work from across our curriculum, including A-Level Exam shows - the Unit 2 play and monologues night (May) and the Unit 3 Devised Performance (November).  The GCSE students also present their final exam performances in the GCSE Drama Showcase (April).

 


 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 we believe that Drama is serious fun.  In Year 7 students will learn to create a role by using vocal and body skills.  Students will be silent comedians, see daydreams come to life, hunt for a missing teenager, become a god and slay the giant at the top of the beanstalk.  "Oh no you won't! ... Oh yes we will!"

In Year 8 students will continue to develop their skills in creating a role and exploring texts, forms and themes.  In this year they will hide from the Nazis, run away to the circus, be an educator, and even save the universe! 

Then in Year 9 the fun gets more serious when students experiment with lighting, get caught between two feuding families, wear some very silly masks and chose whether to go to heaven or hell!

Key Stage 4

Students can opt to stay with us in Year 10 and follow the Edexcel GCSE in Drama.  The GCSE course at Moulsham is exciting, innovative and challenging.  Students will learn essential team working and communication skills, while honing their practical skills as creators and performers of drama.  The appreciation and evaluation of live theatre is also integral to the course and all students will have the opportunity to attend at least one theatre trip in Year 10 and another in Year 11.

Key Stage 5

Our finest and most enthusiastic students will progress to the Edexcel A-Level in Drama & Theatre Studies.  At this stage in the game, students will explore the wider world of Theatre History, plays, genres and the contemporary theatre landscape.  Our A-Level course benefits from the skills and knowledge of our experienced team of specialists.  Theoretical and historical concepts are delivered through practical work and performance until as students in Year 13 they are expected to be largely independent learners, creating new work and pushing the limits of their own knowledge and drama skills.

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