We believe that Drama is an important and defining cultural art form. Throughout time, human beings have enacted events in order to help us make sense of the complex world we live in. Drama at Kingsbridge Community College is taught in a structured and detailed manner that strikes a balance between exploring process drama (learning by imagined experience) and product or skills based drama – the craft of theatre making. We develop schemes of work that provoke engagement through our careful choice of theme and topic and apply early in our teaching the principals and assessment criteria that the exam boards recognise. Our lessons typically start with a starter or warm up, an introduction to the stimulus, a focusing convention or strategy that frames the whole group or small group work and an opportunity to prepare, perform and evaluate in a safe and supportive studio environment.
Extra-curricular activities and opportunities are extremely important in the Drama Department and include one large scale play performance and the whole college musical that is currently performed annually. In addition, students who are taking exams in drama can access extra rehearsal time and teacher support as they work towards assessed performances.
The A level Drama and Theatre course at KCC offers students an amazing opportunity to explore drama and theatre in significant depth and detail. Focusing on the role of actors, directors, writers and designers. There are significant performance elements which makes this a very practical subject, underpinned by an essential and fascinating academic exploration of the theory and history of theatre within different social, political and cultural contexts.