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Drama is a very popular choice at GCSE and A Level, with many students being accepted on to the most sought after HE courses. In the last few years students have got into RADA,  and the London Drama Centre, and many past students have got into the best Drama courses in the country: Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds and Manchester to name a few. Our ARTSMARK GOLD status ensures we are currently leaders in the field and one of the top departments in the country offering an excellent, highly regarded and diverse curriculum.

Our energetic and highly qualified team of teachers (all who have worked professionally in the industry) work within four fully equipped studios and a large performance space. Alongside learning about drama and theatre, students have many opportunities to showcase their talents to large audiences in our exam performances and our annual whole-school productions.

Links with professional theatres such as The Royal Court, The Almeida and The Donmar Warehouse provide exciting opportunities for our students. Visiting companies explore thought-provoking issues such as The Holocaust and Cyberbullying, and students' own films are showcased at The Phoenix Cinema as part of our Oscars Ceremony every July. Recent theatre trips have included: 1984, Our Country’s Good, The Encounter, Wonder.land,  and Dead Dog in a Suitcase. Some years our in-house Theatre Company N10 Productions takes student work up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We have a wide and varied extra-curricular programme including participating in the National Theatre New Views Programme, Old Vic New Voices Programme,  and the Shakespeare for Schools Festival. We are involved with work experience programmes across many of our partner Arts establishments and the department currently leads the London Schools Drama Network across several local boroughs working with 34 other schools.  At all ages and stages, students develop confidence and vital social skills, such as working with others, to prepare them for life in and beyond school.

 

KS3

In Years 7/8/9 the department covers many aspects of drama and theatre from Greek Theatre to Global Issues in a weekly lesson. Students will learn skills related to drama performance such as developing a character through voice and physicality, extending knowledge and understanding of issues through improvisation and developing vital social skills. Each year we have a KS3 Production giving students an opportunity to perform or be involved in our technical team.

KS4

At AQA Drama GCSE level students experience a combination of practical drama, the study of scripted drama, script writing, devising for performance and attending live performances by professional companies. We are a very popular option subject and students have the choice to be assessed on acting, design or technical skills throughout the course. Students will perform their own devised play towards the end of the course. 

Post-16

AQA Drama and Theatre Studies is a very popular choice and the department is extraordinarily active. Students continue to develop their ability to work as part of a team performing extracts from plays as part of their exam as well as devised work written by them. Plays such as Blood Wedding and Hedda Gabler are studied for the written exam.  In the last few years, N10 Productions, our in-house theatre company, has taken student work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - selling out and earning four and five star reviews! The Year 13 devised production in recent years has transferred to The Arcola Theatre in London. We have a playwriting course called New Views working with The National Theatre, which offers sixth form students opportunities to work with professional playwrights. There are mentoring opportunities for sixth form students working with younger students and opportunities to run KS3 clubs. We also offer audition support.

 

Extra-Curricular

Lunchtime and after-school drama clubs play an important part so students can work on developing their improvisation and performance skills. Students volunteer to participate in learning about sound and lighting for productions as well as forming part of stage management and front-of -house teams.
Events include:

  • Creative Arts Evening
  • KS3 Drama Production
  • GCSE Exam Performance Night
  • A Level Exam Performance Night
  • Drama Masterclasses with professional Artists, Actors and Directors
  • Regular Theatre Visits for each year group
  • Edinburgh Fringe Production

 

 

Contact the Drama Department:

 

Overs, Ms L Head of Drama

lovers@fortismere.org.uk

Hill, Ms J Teacher of Drama

jhill@fortismere.org.uk

Turner, Ms D Teacher of Drama

dturner@fortismere.org.uk