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Drama

Wimbledon College has a strong Drama department and excellent facilities.  The main hall hosts a revolving stage which is used extensively in dramatic productions.

Lower Line

In the Lower Line, Drama is an arts rotation subject.  Therefore all boys in years 7 -9 will study Drama at for some period each year.  

Figures Rotation 1 

  •  Retelling a story using mime, freezeframe, still image and narration 
  • Retelling a story using puppet theatre 
  • Greek theatre history and performing in a Greek play 

Figures Rotation 2 

  • Shakespeare’s Theatre and performing part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  • Physical Theatre and performing the play “Hedgehopping” 

Rudiments Rotation 1 

  • Exploring character and role through teacher-in-role, interview and reconstruction 
  • Chinese Mask Theatre 
  • The history of Commedia dell’arte and 
  • Pantomime – performance skills and 
  • contextual theory. 

Rudiments Rotation 2

  • Shakespeare’s Theatre and exploration of 
  • Macbeth: the characters and the themes 
  • Epic Theatre, Brecht, and performing extracts from Threepenny Opera  

  

Lower Grammar Rotation 1

  •  Exploring alternative points of view through monologue and interview 
  • Radio Drama 
  • The history of Melodrama and Grand 
  • Guignol theatre – performance skills and contextual theory 

Lower Grammar Rotation 2 

  • Silent movies: technique, history, and analysis 
  • Genre Review: applying genre to text 

Higher Line

Drama is offered as a GCSE option.  

Drama GCSE complements other option choices well, and helps cultivate life skills such as the ability to work with others, the confidence to perform and present in front of an audience, and the knowledge of how to research and look for meaning in texts.

Grammar Term 1 

  • Exploring character, creating atmosphere and devising narrative 
  • Working with text: actors’ skills and tools in exploring scripts 
  • Performance to audience and development of critical skills 

Grammar Term 2 

  •  Developing movement skills and choreography 
  • Applying theory to practice – putting science into a choreographed dance 
  • Performance to audience and development of critical skills 

Grammar Term 3

  • Theatre –in-Education – exploring Shakespeare with a younger class to develop teaching through drama skills 
  • Research and presentation skills 
  • Set text analysis: reading and analysing Dr Korczak 

Syntax Term 1 

  •  Genre study: revision of the expectations of different genres 
  • Devising skills: developing character, narrative and dialogue 
  • Rehearsal and performance skills: preparing for performance 

Syntax Term 3

  • Critical writing: rationale, development and performance analysis 
  • Performance from text: acting skills 
  • Set text analysis; reading and analysing a text 

Syntax Term 3 

  • Rehearsal and critical direction of unit 2 
  • Revision of analysing and writing about a text 

Sixth Form

At A level, the course aims to develop an interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as a performer and an informed member of an audience and to foster an enthusiasm for and a critical appreciation of the subject.

 

Drama is an extremely popular extra-curricular option offered by the College.  The College has a history of successful school plays - backed by enthusiastic actors from right across the school, as well as a creative and hardworking stage crew, who design and build the plays' sets. 

Poetry Term 1 

  • Set Text Study; practical workshops on practitioner methods of text exploration 
  • Set Text Study; written analysis of research and critical analysis of practical exploration 
  • Critical review of a piece of theatre 

Poetry Term 2 

  • Monologue/duologue acting skills – rehearsal and performance and development of a role 
  • Conceptualisation of a playwright’s vision – roleplay 
  • Directed performance skills – following the vision of a director as an actor or designer 

Poetry Term 3 

  • Contextualising Greek Theatre practices – research of history and reading texts 
  • Reviewing a historical play – understanding a play performed in its own context 

Rhetoric Term 1 

  • Devising skills: developing character, narrative and dialogue 
  • Rehearsal and performance skills: preparing for performance 
  • Research of context, fact 
  • and theatre practitioner 

Rhetoric Term 2 

  • Critical writing: research, development and evaluation of performance aims 
  • Compiling of rehearsal techniques and practices 
  • Creation of director’s vision and rationale 

Rhetoric Term 3 

  • Historical contextualisation of Greek theatre and ELizabethan/Jacobean theatre 
  • Practice of exam technique