Over the two year course, students will first complete their controlled assessment using improvisation and characterisation skills to create a five act farce. This involves an understanding of narrative structure and crafting dialogue as well as developing their organisation and performance skills. The successful completion of this assignment is worth 30% of their final GCSE grade and writing about the processes of creating this drama in the final exam will account for a further 20%.
They will then move on to the scripted element of the course and will produce a detailed and analytical performance from Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. This will involve textual analysis, character development, thematic understanding and performance skills. Their final interpretation of the scene will be worth 30% and the analysis and evaluation of their performance will be account for the final 20% of the marks. In both units, the course also assesses their constructive contribution to the creative process recognising leadership, cooperation, communication and innovation.
Homework will take a wide variety of forms including learning lines, researching an issue or context, scheduling and attending a group rehearsal independently, writing in role, writing performance analysis, practicing a practical skill, revising for written exams, responding creatively to stimulus.
Showcase auditions students from all year groups to take part in productions and plays that are larger than those that can be staged as part of the curriculum. Entry is selective, based on open auditions that are held at different points throughout the year. Students on the GCSE course will also be taken on at least one theatre trip to see a professional production.