Aims and Overview of Drama/Performing Arts
Our aims are to offer all pupils unique and particular opportunities to:
- Learn about the world through the medium of Drama.
- Develop personal and social skills.
- Build their knowledge of Theatre as an Art Form.
- Learn to use Drama techniques as a tool for learning and performing.
- Contribute to the learning and development of their peers through peer-assessment activities and enhance part of their own learning using self-evaluative techniques.
Central to work in Drama/Performing Arts is the development of skills and confidence in co-operative group work, which are transferable both to other curricular areas and to life outside school.
Drama/Performing Arts lessons at all levels include opportunities for:
- Sharing of learning objectives.
- Development of thinking skills.
- Focused activities.
- Work in role by pupils and teachers.
- Out of role discussion and evaluation.
The subject is currently delivered by two members of staff.
Mrs O. O’Neill (Subject Leader)
Miss H. Beattie
The department consists of two purpose-built studio rooms; one with a mirrored wall for dancers and a lighting rig for performances. Both studio rooms are equipped with touch-screen boards and Apple TV boxes which are used regularly to evaluate recorded performances. Senior Performing Arts and Drama examinations take place in the Lecture Theatre which is complete with PA system, tiered seating for approximately 80 people, and a double lighting rig. The school Assembly Hall is used as a performance space for the School Production every alternate year and is equipped with a 32 channel sound desk and full lighting rig with follow spot.
Why Study Drama/Performing Arts?
Drama and the Performing Arts offer students the chance to explore a full range of performance and technical disciplines, including drama, dance, choreography, singing, directing, lighting design, sound design, costume design and stage-management. These subjects promote student choice, allow for different creative approaches and develop independent learning skills.