Broad General Education: Expressive Arts – Drama
BGE S1 Main Focus – VOICE & PLAY STRUCTURE.
– S1 Drama Skills – Explore how to create and perform a drama in groups.
– S1 Drama Production – Enjoy taking a drama text and acting it as either a whole class or as a smaller group. If you like drama why not join the Junior Drama Club?
BGE S2 Main Focus – MOVEMENT, STYLISED CHARACTER, CREATING ATMOSPHERE, PLOT, ISSUES.
– S2 Drama Skills 1 – Explore the world of Italian comedy Commedia dell’Arte, and specialise in one character for performance in a group. Junior Drama Club will also use Commedia this term for Aden-een at Aden park.
– S2 Drama Production 1 – Dive into the Shakespearean classic Macbeth! Enjoy learning about creating atmosphere for this play using acting, sound and lighting. If you enjoy this work why not join the Shakespeare Group?
– S2 Drama Skills 2 – Investigate how stories work through use of the key features of Plot. Enjoy collaborating with a team to apply theories of Plot in making a new drama, scripting and presenting.
– S2 Drama Production 2 – Analyse short plays for the issues that you see as important for your world and your audience. Enjoy learning lines, rehearsing scripts and performing a play that explores an issue you find important.
BGE S3 Main Focus – TENSION, NATURALISTIC CHARACTER, CREATING ATMOSPHERE, PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES, DEVISING, CONVENTIONS, TEXTUAL ANALYSIS, ESSAY TECHNIQUE, TARGET AUDIENCE .
– S3 Drama Skills 1 – Experiment with different types of tension and enjoy using these to create drama that has an impact on your audience. Learn about effective language and character for creating a monologue for class performance.
– S3 Drama Production 1 – Develop a naturalistic character for a Mock Trial, while learning about the format, language and roles of a real Scottish Sheriff Court. If you enjoy this legal work, why not join the school Mock Trial team?
– S3 Drama Skills 2 & Production 2 – Fright Night – devise and produce a high impact evening of scares for your S1&2 friends. Explore production roles such as Lighting, Sound, Set, Make up and Props.
– S3 Drama Skills 3 – Explore the techniques of devising drama using conventions, rehearsal techniques and non-linear structures. Experience Senior Phase level assessment in the S3 Exam…
– S3 Drama Production 3 – Take on the role of a Theatre Company. Specialise in a specific production role in going through a complete journey from page to stage. Enjoy the challenge of an evening performance of a written play. If you enjoy this work why not join the Shakespeare Group?
– S3 Drama Skills 4 – Become a Theatre in Education company. Identify an issue that you think P4-6 would find interesting and relevant. Devise a drama using all of your skills from the last 3 years to appeal to this target audience. Enjoy the challenge of touring this play around a number of local primary schools.
Senior Phase: Drama
(Timetabling – National 5 and Higher Drama are sat by students from S4-6 according to their skill level entering a given year. Normally classes have students studying both levels in one class, so a student not able to fit Higher drama as a option, due to a clash, could opt for N5 Drama and be assessed on entry and still sit Higher.)
National 5 Drama
– N5 Drama Production – From day one, you will be issued with a play text and be expected to analyse and arrive at character, plot, issue and theme decisions with justification. Enjoy the challenge of taking a text to full performance with a choice of in which production role to specialise. Maintain a production log, and evaluate your effective communication, exploration of theme and impact on an audience of friends and family.
– N5 Drama Skills – Having learned about an excellent play by performing it, you are given the chance to create a play from scratch with complex concepts of theatre. You will create scenes in both a naturalistic and a stylised approach, that demand emotional depth from your actors as well as alternative performance style such as grotesque character or direct address to the audience, or even use of song or dance. Once again, you will maintain a log, and evaluate your effective communication, exploration of theme and impact on an audience that you invite.
– Question Paper Exam (40% of Grade) – Similar to your S3 experience you will be asked to create a hypothetical play on your own in the exam hall. You will be quizzed on how you would use different concepts of drama theory to develop or present your drama. There is an added part to the exam in N5, where you are asked to evaluate a recent performance in which you were involved as a significant role – whether acting or an other production role.
– Practical Exam (60% of Grade) – The SQA will send a Visiting Examiner to see you present a scripted production as part of a group. You will have been advised on deciding what production role to take, whether acting or an other production role. Over a number of weeks you will have rehearsed in your spare time as much as class time, and be thoroughly confident for your performance. As ever, you will log your work and sum the key moments up in a 350 word report to the examiner.
– Higher Drama Production – As above, however you will also explore being a director in addition to your acting/design role. You will also be expected to undertake a rigorous series of assignments to prepare you for your final exam. At the end of this unit there will be a minor PRELIM which takes the knowledge of your text and assesses you at the Exam standard. This is in the form of an essay in one hour.
– Higher Drama Skills – As above, however you will be assessed on your directing skills on top of your skills as a deviser. Your teacher will observe you working with actors, communicating your ideas and experimenting with style. You will need to keep a careful log of your directing sessions to evidence your thoughts and ideas. Your final evaluation will need to be informed by audience feedback in the form of questionnaires.
– Production Analysis Assignments – throughout the year you will be learning to analyse live theatre by focusing on a specific production that the whole class committed to seeing. This will be developed through a series of rigorous assignments. At the end of the second unit there will be a minor PRELIM which takes the knowledge of your production analysis and assesses you at the Exam standard. This is in the form of an essay in one hour.
– Question Paper Exam (40% of Grade) – This consists of a textual analysis essay task and a production analysis essay task. Very similar to the previous two prelims, only in the final context you have two hours to do both, and you will need to have rehearsed your notes and ideas from the whole course of assignments in order to be ready for unseen questions.
– Practical Exam (60% of Grade) – The SQA will send a Visiting Examiner to see you present two scripted productions, both duologues. You will have been advised on deciding what production role to take, whether acting, directing or design. Over a number of weeks you will have rehearsed in your spare time as much as class time, and be thoroughly confident for your performance. As ever, you will log your work and sum the key moments up in a 500 word report to the examiner, covering both roles. Design and Directing are very different options and you will be coached on the format of these exams by your teacher should you decide to take one of these options.
Advanced Higher Drama
HNC Acting and Performance
NPA Technical Theatre