Drama & Theatre Studies
The Drama department is a thriving department within the School and offers students many opportunities academically to engage within all areas of the industry.
Years 7 to 9
Drama is part of the core curriculum at Worth and students have the opportunity to explore a range of different acting styles, genres, practitioner approaches, script work, devising and improvisation techniques. Not only do we teach about the subject itself but we use drama to explore a range of issues and build students’ confidence and self-belief in themselves. All Year 7 to Year 9 students have the opportunity to audition for a role with one of the school productions. There are also other opportunities such as the Year 7 and Year 8 Arts Evening and regular theatre trips.
Drama is a very popular choice at GCSE and we follow the new Pearson specification which consists of a Devising Component, a Performance Component and a Written Exam in which the students have to answer questions based on the text DNA and a live theatre experience they have had. GCSE students take part in a number of Drama Evenings where they showcase the work they have prepared in lessons.
Drama is also a popular choice at A Level with many students continuing from GCSE and some students taking it as an A Level despite not taking Drama at GCSE. We follow the new Pearson specification which is similar to the GCSE where students complete a Devising Component, a Performance Exam Component and a Written Exam which explores two texts and a live theatre experience. Students also get the opportunity to work with professional theatre companies such as Frantic Assembly who come into the School each year to teach our students about physicality and devising techniques.
At Both GCSE and A Level students are encouraged to enrol on the LAMDA programme that we offer within the department which is also accessible to all students of all age groups. We have an outstanding record with our LAMDA examinations with 80% of our students achieving a distinction. We have various theatre trips that take place throughout the year so students have the opportunity to experience an extensive range of different live theatre.
Drama lessons take place in the superbly equipped Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which has a main stage with seating for 250 people, a Green Room area where teaching takes place and two dressing rooms. We also have a newly equipped Drama Studio where lessons take place as well as small scale performances. Given the advanced nature of the lighting and sound technology in the PAC and the Drama Studio, students are encouraged to explore the technical side of theatre production and in recent productions have operated video projections, programmed moving lights and worked with a revolving stage. It is significant that all the productions that are presented at Worth use students in key roles as light and sound designers and technicians.