Drama

Staff Quote

Department Head

Tina Allen

Teacher

Nicola Daintith

“Drama is theatre, life, an escape from life, happiness, and sadness all rolled into one.”
- Rebekah Amos


“The real object of the drama is the exhibition of the human character.”
- Thomas Babington Macaulay


“Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops.”
- George P. Baker


“A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.”
- Kenneth Tynan


Why study Drama?

The Drama Department at The Voyager Academy is committed to providing every student with a range of life long experiences. Drama provides essential life skills such as working as part of a team and developing self-confidence and concentration. It stretches your intellectual ability, challenges the way that you view the world and increases your capacity to communicate ideas.

Aims / Objectives

The aim of the Drama Department at The Voyager Academy is to encourage and develop :

  • Student's enjoyment and participation in engaging drama
  • Sensitivity, creativity and confidence
  • An awareness of moral, social, spiritual and cultural change
  • An understanding of Drama forms and techniques
  • Student's awareness of the technical aspects of Drama including sound, lighting and staging
  • An understanding of the importance of team work
  • Constructive evaluations of their own work and that of others
  • To offer a range of extra curricular opportunities
  • Prepare students for further study of Drama and the Performing Arts

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 all study Drama for one 50 minute lesson each week. The Drama curriculum focuses on developing students confidence and team work skills, introducing students to developing their own devised performances, issue based Drama and developing performance work from scripts.

Links to useful websites for KS3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/speaking_listening/drama/revision/1/

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students have the option of studying Edexcel GCSE Drama. This course provides students with the opportunity to devise their own drama, practically explore a script, perform from a script and evaluate a live piece of theatre.

Links to useful websites for KS4

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form students have the option of studying the following Drama related courses:

  • Edexcel AS Drama & Theatre
  • Edexcel A2 Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Performing Arts (Acting) - which is the equivalent to one A Level

Links to useful websites for KS5

Year 12

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

 

Year 13

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-studies-2008.html