BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY’S DRAMA DEPARTMENT WILL BE AFFILIATED WITH THE LYRIC THEATRE’S CREATIVE LEARNING DEPARTMENT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19.
Key Stage 3
All pupils study Drama in Form 2 and are introduced to the skills and techniques integral to the study of the subject. In Form 3 Drama is as an optional curriculum subject. Pupils are prepared more fully for the demands of the GCSE Drama course. They receive a grounding in a variety of styles and genres while exploring the history of theatre. They perform scenes from theatre texts and create a GCSE-styled devised performance, using a wide variety of stimulus material. A full range of rehearsal techniques and drama strategies are discussed and practised.
Pupils usually take on GCSE Drama on the understanding that they have already completed the Form 3 course, although exceptions may be made for those who express a genuine interest in studying the subject for the first time. The CCEA Drama syllabus is followed, with a current focus on Devised Performance and Scripted Performance. Controlled Assessment constitutes 60% of the pupil’s final mark. 40% is determined through an external examination which focuses on a set text, the study of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Pupils will have the opportunity to see productions throughout the two years.
AS Level Drama and Theatre is a standalone qualification with students following the AQA specification. The written examination, worth 40% of the final qualification, involves the study of a set text (Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters) from the perspective of a director or performer, as well as an exploration of live theatre seen. One practical component comprises of the exploration and performance of two extracts, with one influenced by a practitioner or theatre company. A 3000 words portfolio is completed in support of the practical work.
A Level Drama and Theatre is a standalone qualification with students following the AQA specification. It can be taught alongside the AS, as there is some overlap. The three hour written examination, worth 40% of the final mark, is similar to AS; alongside the study of The Servant of Two Masters and Live Theatre Seen, pupils study an additional set text, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie from the perspective of a director, performer and designer. 60% of the qualification is allocated by the two practical components where students perform extracts from three published plays and devise drama in a style of their choice. Performances must be influenced by a specified theatre practitioner or theatre company. A reflective report and working notebook are produced in support of the practical units.