Facilities and Resources (e.g. teaching spaces, equipment, kit)
The Cube Theatre-a purpose built functional theatre. The theatre is a 300 seat capacity theatre with access to a full range of technical resources, including moving head lighting technology and function sound system. The theatre also has a built in relay system to the main academy atrium allowing performances to be projected around the academy. The Cube theatre is used by all members of the community and is part of the academy arena facilities which are open to members of the outside community. The theatre also has its own control room with access to state of the art lighting and sound systems.
Drama Workshop/Studio - The second of our teaching spaces, the drama workshop is also fully resources with stage lighting and sound systems. The studio is also equipped with surround black out curtains to support the theatrical environment. Although used for performance purposes the studio is also used as a theoretical teaching room, with access to an interactive whiteboard and projector. The drama workshop is a complementary addition to the theatre and can be used as a dressing room for larger performances or productions.
The Media studio is also used by the Drama Department as a teaching space. Although used for teaching drama, the room boasts TV standard studio lighting, functioning camera and Chroma cloth facilities for studio and green screen techniques.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Drama in Key Stage 3 aims to develop a rounded sense of confidence and group work skills through theme based schemes of work. Students learn about a variety of theatre styles and use basic practitioner theory to make links to the new GCSE and A Level specifications. Students will explore a variety of play texts such as, War Horse and Matilda.
Examples of topics covered during Years 7 and 8 are; Greek Theatre, Choral Mask Work, Shakespeare, Silent Movies, Stagecraft and Practitioner Knowledge. By the conclusion of Year 8, students will have studied a variety of scripts and will have performed a monologue or duologue to their class.
The extra-curricular life of the department is thriving, with KS3 Drama Club and the annual House Drama competition. There will also be opportunities for students to watch live theatre performances. Cross-curricular links are strengthened with the Music Department through the bi-annual Whole School Musical and Summer on the Quad events.
For Key Stage 4 options information, please click here.