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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 have a greater focus on scripted drama, symbolism and meaning, and making connections to the world using texts and visual prompts. They discover language and ideas to develop dramatic action and also begin to consider situation, mood and atmosphere in their performances. 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. Students are given the opportunity to explore different performance styles, consider how narrative structures drive their performances, and engage in different ways of reflecting on these. This subject aims to extend student understanding of character, situation, focus, tension, mood and atmosphere through formal and informal performance opportunities and for students to explore the social and cultural contexts of drama and learn how they can communicate ideas, symbols and empathy to others.

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, script memorisation, productions)
  • Creation and exploration (role, situation, character, moral responses, cultural influences)

Subject Length

  • 2 periods per cycle


  • Nil


  • Performance
  • Reflection
  • Process-focused assessments

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