Drama at Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 students study the Edexcel Drama GCSE syllabus, which is split into two papers: exploration (60%) and performance (40%).
At the exploration stage, the girls learn the drama strategies through workshops on themes such as families, decadence and dystopia. Texts studied have included Blood Brothers, Road and Female Transport. Students attend productions such as Othello and The Woman in Black and reflect on these in performance reviews.
The GCSE course culminates in a devised or scripted performance. Performances in recent years have explored texts such as Find Me and Metamorphosis. Students also have the opportunity to use our impressive technical equipment and take a design option, such as lighting or sound.
In year 10 students are also given the opportunity to work with particular the Globe Theatre, which invites Year 10 to participate in ‘Our Theatre’, culminating in the performance of a Shakespeare play at the Globe itself. In June 2015 the performance of Henry V took place at the new indoor Sam Wannamaker Theatre.