Drama Department Aims
At KS4 we deliver the Edexcel specification, developing skills in devising, performing and designing for theatre texts, reviewing and evaluating performance and directing.
At KS5 students may choose to continue their studies on the Edexcel A level Drama, where they will study a range of practitioners, become accomplished theatre makers, actors, designers and directors and take their skills in performance evaluation to the next level.
Drama students have all their lessons taught in our large, well-equipped drama studio, as well as having access to the Painsley stage.
Throughout the year there are dozens of productions to get involved with from a very large scale to smaller devised pieces. Students have the opportunity to develop as writers, directors, actors, designers or stage managers throughout their drama career at Painsley.
We visit the theatre regularly and access the National theatre schools streaming service to bring world class performances into our classrooms!
Mrs Kate Phillips head of drama and teacher of drama from year 9-13. Mrs Phillips also produces the college production with help from other staff and a team of sixth form student directors.
Sixth form students have returned from a fantastically successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where audience and professional reviews were incredibly positive and encouraging. The reviewer for the Children’s Choice Award said of the show ‘a fantastic, original, funny, captivating show. You can feel the energy and passion that has gone into the creation of this show by the eight young, talented performers. This definitely deserves a full house!’ A number of Painsley students now studying at the college hope to take another show to the festival in 2018.
Coming up this term there are many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the dramatic arts here at Painsley Catholic College and Moorlands Sixth Form College. This is an overview of our plans for the coming term:
- Year 9, 12 and 13 trip to see the stage play of ‘A Woman In Black’ at The Regent Theatre.
- Auditions and starting rehearsals for our College musical Les Miserables, which will be performed the week before February half term in 2017.
- Preparations for the Painsley Catholic College Talent show and Moorlands Sixth Form Christmas Concert, always enjoyed by all on the last day of term.
- The annual Sixth Form residential trip to London to watch Matilda the musical and visit Shakespeare’s Globe.
All students who were tutored for LAMDA examinations through our spring and summer after school class were very successful in their entries at all grades. Clark Lear and Bali Hemmings gained merit and distinction respectively at level 5. Poppy Johnson gained distinction at Silver medal, earning 55 UCAS points whilst still only in year ten! Megan Ash scored incredibly high marks at silver medal, gaining a distinction and hopes to work towards her gold medal this term. We continue to develop links with local agents, The New Vic Theatre and the Stoke on Trent LAMDA public centre to further our gifted students’ opportunities in acting.
Years 12 and 13 students look forward to the annual London residential in November. This year we will be screaming along to the award-winning ‘Woman in Black’ at The Fortune Theatre, visiting the Victoria and Albert Theatre display and touring Harry Potter Studios!
We also embark on our Edinburgh 2016 project this year, hoping to raise £3,500 to take a show to the Fringe. Our last Edinburgh project was a huge success, giving the students involved a wonderful experience and a great springboard into their professional careers in performance.
GCSE Bitesize Drama http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs
The National Theatre education pages https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning
The National Theatre Discover YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre
The Globe Theatre education blogs http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education?gclid=CKKNiZSMkNUCFcZuGwod7igGLg
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre https://www.rsc.org.uk/education
The Stage https://www.thestage.co.uk/
Creative Stoke http://www.creativestoke.org.uk/
Frantic Assembly https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/