All students attend timetabled Drama lessons during the first three years at TMCS.
These lessons concentrate on essential drama skills; pupils explore drama techniques, characterisation, group work, responding to stimuli and written communication. Pupils develop these skills through scripted, improvisation and theoretical work.
Drama currently delivers both BTEC & GCSE courses at Key Stage 4.
Year 10 are currently completing the BTEC Level 2 First award in Performing Arts via the Acting route. This is a vocational pathway and allows pupils to develop their acting skills through practical and coursework based tasks.
The course requires pupils to create and perform two group pieces and two contrasting monologues. The practical assessments allow for the exploration of scripts and devising work based on an allocated stimulus.
In addition pupils are required to complete a letter of application for a given job in the performing arts industry an actor’s log book which evidences the development of drama skills and techniques and demonstrates an understanding of different styles and genres influencing their work.
This year pupils will be using their experience of a live performance of ‘The curious incident of the dog in the night time’ to influence ideas for their own devised piece of theatre.
Year 11 are currently completing GCSE Drama following the Edexcel syllabus.
The course concentrates on practical, creative and performance skills. Pupils are assessed on their contribution and performance ability in practical workshop sessions and a final scripted performance. The written elements require pupils to complete written evaluations and a live theatre review of a performance seen during the period of the course. Pupils in this year have experienced a live performance of ‘The woman in black’ and have studied the play ‘Blood Brothers’.
In both courses pupils are provided with several opportunities to experiences live theatre visits to add to their knowledge and understanding of Drama.
Drama is delivered as the A Level Drama and Theatre Studies option following the Edexcel syllabus.
The AS course follows a wide range of study using two published texts to explore practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud and Frantic Assembly while continuing to develop students’ performance skills.
Alongside this students develop their knowledge and understanding of social, historical, cultural and political influences, staging and technical aspects of theatre. Recent texts include ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ and ‘Oh what a lovely war’.
Pupils also perform a monologue and group piece both from published plays.
At A2 the course allows students to devise their own piece of stimulus based theatre alongside preparation for the written exam that requires study and rehearsal of a set text and visits to live theatre.
TMCS Drama department offers a range of extra-curricular activities for all students. Currently and year 7 and year 8 Drama club is offered to allow pupils to further develop their drama skills outside of their timetabled lessons; pupils explore drama games, improvisation tasks and short scripted pieces.
A school production is usually produced every year in February and is a highlight of the school calendar. This year pupils will partake in a production of ‘The Wiz’ by William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls. Rehearsals start in October and pupils across year 7-13 are involved in the performance, musical, technical or design aspects of the production.