Drama and Theatre Studies
Drama and Theatre Studies embraces the world around us, exploring through practical means the way the world works and how we exist within it. The subject allows for endless amounts of creativity and imagination.
At Kimbolton, Drama is about discovery: discovering the ways in which theatre can be made, issues and themes explored and characters portrayed. Our pupils learn practically, developing skills in creating, performing and analysing theatre, team work, time management and organisation.
Our Drama and Theatre Studies Department encourages theatre inside and outside the classroom and offers many opportunities for academic learning and extra-curricular development.
First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils
During the First, Second and Third Forms we teach Drama as a discrete subject; all pupils receive one lesson a week.
We aim to teach pupils the skills and techniques necessary to create engaging and thought-provoking theatre and characters. Our objective is to educate them in how to develop their voice and movement skills alongside developing effective rehearsal techniques.
Our overall wish is to develop pupil’s acting and directing skills whilst progressing their confidence, communication skills and ability to work as a team and lead. We do this through a range of Schemes of Work which encourage pupils to engage with the world around them: this means we cover topics that are historical, political and social. In addition to this we examine different genres and styles of theatre to broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
In the Third Form we progress to schemes which are directly linked to the GCSE course. They are designed to prepare pupils for the rigours of the GCSE, including introducing an extended devised project. In addition to this we aim to develop the more advanced skills of creating and working to a concept, time management, leading rehearsals and directing.
Fourth and Fifth Forms – GCSE optional subject
We follow the Edexcel Drama syllabus which examines the students’ rehearsal process, their performance skills and their analytical skills. It is divided into 3 parts:
- Component 1: Devising Theatre (40% of the qualification comprising of 10% performance, 30% written portfolio).
- Component 2: Performance from text (20% of the qualification comprising of two performed extracts from a performance text).
- Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of the qualification comprised from a written examination of one text and a live theatre evaluation).
Sixth Form – A level optional subject
At A Level we follow the Edexcel Drama & Theatre Studies course, which has three components:
- Component 1: Devising (practical and written, internally examined, 40%)
- Component 2: Text in Performance (practical, externally examined, 20%)
- Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (written exam, 40%)
Kimbolton 7th Period Super-Curriculum: We aim to provide students with greater understanding of the literary merits and linguistic structures of dramatic texts, exploring a wider range of playwrights and practitioners throughout history, as well as introducing students to modern, experimental theatre practices, including performance art, dance-based, and digital theatre.
- We offer LAMDA classes to the younger year groups, provided by professional LAMDA tutors. This allows students to work towards gaining qualifications in Acting, Devising, Speaking Verse and Prose.
- In the First to Third Forms each year group is given the opportunity to attend a drama club for their age, where we seek to continue to develop the pupils’ knowledge of drama and its possibilities. During these drama clubs we work on material that can be performed. Pupils in the Third Form and above often help lead the clubs to further their knowledge and understanding of theatre.
- We stage a whole school production each year; recently we have performed Sweeney Todd, We Will Rock You, Grease, The Crucible, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods and The Tempest. In 2018-19 we will be staging a production of Les Miserables. We also produce junior productions and they have included The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Into the Woods and The Sound of Music. These opportunities allow pupils of all ages to combine skills of dance, music and drama creating a finished product which they can be very proud of.
Regular Trips and Visitors
- First to Third Form pupils are exposed to live theatre through regular trips to London and Cambridge theatres.
- In 2018 we will undertake our first residential theatre trip to Lake Garda in Italy, where 3rd-5th Form students will participate in a range of workshops including stage fighting, Commedia dell'Arte and Screen Performance.
- GCSE and Sixth Form Theatre Studies students make regular trips to see various forms of theatre: two or more in most terms. These are part of the course and help to expand the students’ understanding of the possibilities of live theatre. Recently we have been lucky enough to see The Believers by Frantic Assembly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Visiting practitioners are brought in to run workshops with the group.