Castle Manor Academy

Year 8 Drama

Drama Rotation 1

Theme: Realism (Script work)

Students will study Drama practitioner Stanislavsky and his various different techniques designed to allow actors to create believable characters. Realism is intended to create an illusion of reality on stage by using realistic settings, costumes, colloquial language and realistic dialogue. Students will use the script DNA to explore voice (tone, intonation, pause) gesture, proxemics and staging and will perform a scene from the text as part of a class performance. 

This unit builds on the basic elements of Drama and the actors tool kit taught in yr7 and introduces more dramatic and serious character driven stories. It Introduces Drama practitioners (Stanislavski) and their techniques which are required for component 1 at GCSE. Different theatre practitioners use various methods for performance and design and these can be used as an influence when creating a piece of theatre. This unit also links to drama techniques required for component 2 and texts used in component 3.  

Drama Rotation 2

Theme: Working from a stimulus (Devising)

Students will learn how to create original work from a stimulus using spontaneity, improvisation, hot seating, role on the wall, verbatim theatre, choral movement and flashback. A stimulus is a starting point or trigger to generate ideas such as a poem, person, story, artifact, image or piece of music and can be a vital first step in the devising process. Students will be given a number of different stimuli to create from in order to create their own short group devised performances. Students will be assessed on the quality of their performance and creative techniques used. 

This unit has a similar format for what students will complete in KS4 Component 1 Devising. Students will explore further practitioners and different types of stimuli as they do for component 1 at GCSE in order to devise drama in groups. They will look at a range of techniques they might apply at GCSE in doings so.