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“You have to understand your best. Your best isn’t anyone else’s best, but your own. Every person has his own norm. And in that norm, every person is a star. A famous actor could stand on his head and still not be as good as you! Because only you can be you! What a privilege! Nobody can achieve what you can if you do it… So do it! We need your best, your voice, your body. We don’t need for you to imitate anybody else, because that wouldn’t be your best. And if it isn’t your best then it may as well be your worst.” Stella Adler ‘The Art of Acting’


Students explore their world through dramatic learning. Using the elements of drama and story structures, they build on their knowledge of making and responding to prompts through improvisation, process drama, role-play, character development, movement, mime and scripted drama. Students understand that they have been created by a creative God and can give Him glory through the development and use of their individual gifts and talents in Drama. They will collaborate within whole group, small group and individual structures to improvise and devise their own works to present to an audience. The aim of the subject is to help students understand that learning in Drama is multifaceted and is done as both artist and audience, and through making and responding and also to provide opportunities that will enable them to explore and experience a variety of roles and situations which they will initiate and develop. Students will also continue to develop their use of dramatic elements including voice, movement, situation, time, place, and tension, alongside the understanding that their intentions as drama makers are communicated. They will also continue to develop confidence in their ability to use drama terminology, plan, rehearse, perform, compare, and evaluate drama in various forms.

Topics Include

  • Group/partner games and purposeful play Freeze frames, Tableaux tasks, scripted works
  • Stage craft playmaking, character development, kinaesthetic learning, stage grid, props, set design)
  • Performance and drama forms (formal and informal, mime, movement, improvisation, dance, audience engagement)
  • Creation and exploration (role, situation, character, moral responses, cultural influences)

Subject Length

  • 2 periods per cycle


  • Nil


  • Performance
  • Reflection
  • Process-focused assessments and checklists

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” Romans 12:6a