Drama

Mr. Paul Blaylock – Subject Leader, Creative Arts

Mrs Laura Perry – Teacher

For more details about the drama curriculum, please email laura.perry@macclesfieldacademy.org

The drama department is part of the school’s Creative Arts Faculty. Students are taught in mixed ability groups that reflect the reality of life beyond the school classroom. Drama is taught in our fully equipped drama studio and our students enjoy making extensive use of our fantastic lighting equipment.

Key Stage 3:

All students study drama at Key Stage 3 and are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the skills necessary for practical drama as well as developing skills that have a much wider personal, social and professional application. These include team working, social integration, evaluation, analysis, and communication and presentational skills. Students are introduced to a variety of performance skills in Year 7 and their range of theatrical techniques is developed throughout KS3. Thought-provoking and topical issues are often explored through a combination of both theme and text based activities. For example:-

Year 7:

Mime

Bullying

Circus skills

Melodrama

Puppetry

Scripted work

 

Year 8:

Film acting

Pantomime

Issue-based Drama

Soap Opera

Costume design

 

Year 9:

Scripted work

London Riots

Mental health

Cyber bullying

Peer pressure

 

GCSE Drama Edexcel – Current Years 10 & 11

GCSE Drama allows students to review live theatre, devise their own practical work as well as studying and performing plays written by other people. Drama enables students to develop important life skills including working with others, problem solving, confidence and the ability to deal with a range of situations and people.

Component 1: Devising

  • Create and develop a devised piece of theatre from a stimulus.
  • Perform the devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

Component 2: Performance from Text

  • Perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a play.

Component 3: Written exam. Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Practical exploration and study of a play.
  • Live theatre evaluation.

Extra-Curricular

Our school productions produce the highlight of our year. Our productions provide our students with a wide range of opportunities including playing a main role, acting in the chorus, dancing, singing being part of the orchestra, designing and making set and costumes, working backstage and working with a range of local Primary schools.
Past productions include:
2012- CinderRockerElla
2013- We Will Rock You
2014- Oliver Twisted
2015- Bugsy Malone
2016- Oz
2017-Grease
2019 – School of Rock