Drama has a major role to play in education, in the development of students’ sensitivity, social skills, well-being, imagination, creativity, independence, attitudes and confidence, as well as in broadening understanding of the specifics of the subject and its potential for further and higher education and a range of career pathways. In addition, Drama supports the delivery of Literacy, the National Curriculum, our Spiritual, Moral and Cultural education, and Modern British Values, helping to develop confident, self-reliant, socially responsible and thoughtful young people who are ready to take their place in the world.
Please contact Head of DepartmentMs K Greenwood for further information.
No specific equipment is needed for Drama lessons, although students will be expected to bring their basic equipment and Homework Booklets to lessons.
In 6th form, students should ensure they wear clothing which is suitable for practical workshops.
At lunchtime, Drama offer an open door policy where students can use the two studios to rehearse exam and personal performance work, without or without support from our experienced staff and senior students.
From September, we will be running a weekly Arts Award Club, in which students can explore and experience a range of arts activities, create their own drama work and share their knowledge with others, leading to the achievement of an accredited Bronze or Silver Arts Award.
The Department also offer exam support at lunchtimes and after school, with both practical and written components, and time can be booked with staff to assist with audition pieces and interviews.
In addition, Drama coordinate productions and special events throughout the year, such as the recent production of “DNA” and the De Aston Talent Show, as well as organising regular theatre trips, workshops and visiting speakers to support students learning and enrich their school experience.
The Drama Department have an Instagram account with a notice board, information, photos of projects and exam support: deastondrama
Suggestions for additional study are available in the Extension Studies section of the Homework Booklets.
Basic Skills & Strategies
Darkwood Manor- An exploration of a haunted house developing simple Drama skills
Shoes- A scheme focussing on the exploitation of workers in the sports shoe industry
Private Peaceful- Michael Morpogo’s classic story as a play for performance
Total Theatre- Exploring a variety of theatre styles including Mask, Physical Theatre and Stage Fighting
R’s Story- Exploring bullying, its consequences and collective responsibility in dealing with it
Devising Drama- Simple techniques for creating imaginative drama work
The King’s Sculpture -A scheme exploring life in an imaginary dictatorship, including status, censorship and protest
Hamlet-Exploration of key scenes in Shakespeare’s most famous play
Text Exploration- Using extracts from published plays to explore aspects of staging and approaches to text work
Crime & Punishment- An exploration of a crime, its cause and aftermath
Futurescape- A sci-fi schemes which explores the plight of asylum seekers and immigrants
Devising Strategies -Revisiting and introducing new strategies for creating sustained devised drama work
Introduction To Practitioners -Exploration of the theories, ideas and impact of 3 key drama practitioners – Stanislavski, Artaud & Brecht
Devising Project -An independent group devising project based on a given stimulus/theme, rehearsing, developing, refining and performing with accompanying log books, by way of introducing requirements for GCSE
Theatre History- A light-hearted exploration of the key historical periods in the development of British Theatre
Component 1: Devising Theatre
Component 2: Performing from a Text
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
Section B: Live Theatre Review
Coursework 40% of the qualification (80 marks)
Component 2: Text in Performance
Coursework 20% of the qualification (60 marks)
A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.
Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification (80 marks)
Live theatre evaluation.
Practical exploration and study of a complete performance 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.
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (20 marks)
Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (36 marks)
Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance.
Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 marks)
Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text
Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
Students will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.