Drama

  • Ms V Clarke    (Head of Performing Arts and Subject Leader, Drama)

  • Miss T Salami (Teacher of Drama and English)

 

Drama at Bonus Pastor:

The Drama Department at Bonus Pastor Catholic College provides highly effective teaching and learning in drama, theatre studies and live performance. It aims to equip each student with a wide range of practical skills; a thorough knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre from a variety of periods and cultures; the ability to form opinions about their own and other’s work; develop self confidence in performing and presentation; and the desire to appreciate live theatre as both a performer and audience independently.

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Drama at Key Stage 3: 

Lessons are compulsory in Key Stage 3, and pupils receive 2 periods a fortnight, one double lesson, where they are taught a range of devising, performing and evaluating skills. Students are encouraged to develop creativity and collaborative skills through regular group work activities. The topics studied are extremely varied and students are introduced to theatre history from Ancient Greek theatre, to Melodrama, to Medieval Theatre. We use a range of stimulus material in topics, such as anti-bullying and childhood, throughout KS3 where pupils will learn how to create and evaluate their own work as well as explore scripted material. All students are encouraged to develop their confidence through vocal and physical skills as well as learn how to be analytical through constructive criticism.

For a full list of our topics studied please see the Topic Overview on the right.

Homework is usually set twice a half term and will include written evaluation of work they have carried out in class, self and peer assessment, research tasks, learning of lines in preparation for the next lesson and assessments as well as focused improvement tasks.

 

Drama at Key Stage 4: 

Drama is an option subject at GCSE where students continue to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding attained throughout KS3. Throughout the GCSE course, students are required to develop in confidence by devising their own group performance from a stimulus, perform extracts from scripted texts and complete a written evaluative exam. The topics studied range from becoming young adults, to communication and studying set texts such as Hard to Swallow. Performance styles and genres learnt at KS3 will be revisited and built upon. Students can complete the course as a performer and/or a designer (sound/lighting/costume). Theatre visits are an essential aspect of ensuring that students are able to appreciate and evaluate live theatre as well as develop their own practice.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage

 

Resources: 

Drama practical lessons are taught in an equipped studio which can be turned in to black box or extended in to a larger performance space. We also use the main hall for larger performances and whole school productions. Both spaces are equipped with a professional lighting and sound equipment. Theory lessons are taught in ICT rooms to provide students with resources to complete research and written evaluative tasks.

 

Enrichment and Ezxtra Curricular Activities: 

The department runs a weekly drama club on Tuesdays, providing students with an opportunity to build confidence, develop creativity skills, teamwork and concentration. It also creates a safe environment to shape positive relationships with other students.

Each year we put on a College Production, where we have over 40 students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 11, involved and working together collaboratively. Students can take part as a performer, sound or lighting technician or member of the backstage crew. We are currently in the rehearsal process for Little Shop of Horrors, with students practising on a Tuesday and Wednesday after school.

Our previous productions include:

  • February 2016 – Bugsy Malone
  • February 2017 – West Side Story
  • July 2018 – Our Day Out

We work closely with Lewisham Youth Theatre (LYT) where a number of our Year 7 – 10 students go on to become members of their Technical Theatre Production Group and Junior/Senior Youth Theatre Group. We have also recently developed partnerships with the Old Vic Theatre, through their Take The Lead programme where students are enabled to use theatre techniques and creative workshops to on five core skills: communication, self-management, self-belief, teamwork and problem solving.

Students are also provided with opportunities to audition with industry professionals, both in and out of school and a number of students have been successful.

 

For more details please email our Head of Department Ms V Clarke at ClarkeV@bp.lewisham.sch.uk