Year 8 — Drama

Term 1: Script Work: Mugged

To understand the dangers of knife crime and how it is affecting our communities through the script Mugged. To use still images and slow motion to mark the moment in performance.

To create characters different from yourself.

To understand and develop stereotypical characters.

To use different explorative strategies to develop work in rehearsal.

To perform using physical theatre and explore frantic assembly.

To create a script, rehearse and perform to an audience based on the context and ideas of the script Mugged

Script

A written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

Rehearsal

The process of preparing a production and getting it ready for performance.

still image

Still images can be made by individuals, small groups or even the whole group. A still image is like pressing the pause button on a remote control, taking a photo or making a statue.

Slow Motion

Slow Motion can also be used to create dramatic tension by slowing the action when building up to an important event. It is a technique that requires complete concentration and immersion from every student to be effective.

Characterisation

A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story.

Stereotype

A stereotype is a mistaken idea or belief many people have about a thing or group that is based upon how they look on the outside, which may be untrue or only partly true. Stereotyping people is a type of prejudice.

Thought Track

A thought-track is when a character steps out of a scene to address the audience about how they're feeling. Sharing thoughts in this way provides deeper insight into the character for an audience. ... Sometimes the character might feel something different

Theatre in Education

Theatre in education is used to encourage effective learning in schools. It calls for careful consideration of the audience's age and requirements in order to engage them and get the message across.

Explorative Strategy

Explorative strategies are techniques that you can use to gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation.

Physical Theatre

A mime technique in which actors use their bodies to create props or part of the set.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Awareness of knife crime and how it is affecting our communities.

Create a supportive community:

Using their own ideas and experiences of this subject, students can apply this to their devised and scripted performance, creating a TIE piece.

Term 2: Script Work: Mugged

To understand the dangers of knife crime and how it is affecting our communities through the script Mugged. To use still images and slow motion to mark the moment in performance.

To create characters different from yourself.

To understand and develop stereotypical characters.

To use different explorative strategies to develop work in rehearsal.

To perform using physical theatre and explore frantic assembly.

To create a script, rehearse and perform to an audience based on the context and ideas of the script Mugged

Script

A written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

Rehearsal

The process of preparing a production and getting it ready for performance.

still image

Still images can be made by individuals, small groups or even the whole group. A still image is like pressing the pause button on a remote control, taking a photo or making a statue.

Slow Motion

Slow Motion can also be used to create dramatic tension by slowing the action when building up to an important event. It is a technique that requires complete concentration and immersion from every student to be effective.

Characterisation

A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story.

Stereotype

A stereotype is a mistaken idea or belief many people have about a thing or group that is based upon how they look on the outside, which may be untrue or only partly true. Stereotyping people is a type of prejudice.

Thought Track

A thought-track is when a character steps out of a scene to address the audience about how they're feeling. Sharing thoughts in this way provides deeper insight into the character for an audience. ... Sometimes the character might feel something different

Theatre in Education

Theatre in education is used to encourage effective learning in schools. It calls for careful consideration of the audience's age and requirements in order to engage them and get the message across.

Explorative Strategy

Explorative strategies are techniques that you can use to gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation.

Physical Theatre

A mime technique in which actors use their bodies to create props or part of the set.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Awareness of knife crime and how it is affecting our communities.

Create a supportive community:

Using their own ideas and experiences of this subject, students can apply this to their devised and scripted performance, creating a TIE piece.

Term 3: Shoe Box Project

You will show understanding of different staging and to work from a stimulus. This will then lead to development and creativity of a set design using a shoe box, this will then lead to script work and movie making.

You will work on a script based on Movie and play ideas using the set design.

Finally you will understand the principles of stage design and how it can be used with a working script

To part in a quiz to assess progress and understanding of set design.

Physical Theatre

A mime technique in which actors use their bodies to create props or part of the set.

Body language

Body language is communication coming from movement or position, particularly facial expressions, gestures and the relative positions of a speaker and listener. Body language is also known as non-verbal communication

Mime

Theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words.

Slow Motion

Slow Motion can also be used to create dramatic tension by slowing the action when building up to an important event. It is a technique that requires complete concentration and immersion from every student to be effective.

Soundscape

A soundscape is a series of sounds created by students (not words, echoes, repetition, or speaking together) that create a setting or suggest a scene.

Vocal Skills

Vocal skills and techniques eg clarity of diction, inflection, accent, intonation and phrasing; pace, pause and timing; projection, pitch; emotional range; song and/or choral speaking.

Naturalistic theatre

It refers to theatre that attempts to create an illusion of reality through a range of dramatic and theatrical strategies.

Non-Naturalistic theatre

Non-naturalism is a broad term for all performance styles that are not dependent on the life-like representation of everyday life

Frantic Assembly

Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. ... Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Development of creativity and collaborative skills.

Create a supportive community:

Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students able to make informed choices in process and designing.

Term 4: Physical Theatre

To understand and develop the skill of physical theatre.

To use your body to create inanimate objects.

To develop and understand different elements of physical theatre.

To be able to use mime to create different emotions.

To be able to control your body using slow motion.

To create a soundscape to engage an audience in performance through voice and musical instruments.

To understand the difference between naturalistic and non-naturalistic theatre.

To explore the route of Physical theatre used by Frantic assembly, this will then lead onto students using an extract from The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time and applying those skills to it.

Physical Theatre

A mime technique in which actors use their bodies to create props or part of the set.

Body language

Body language is communication coming from movement or position, particularly facial expressions, gestures and the relative positions of a speaker and listener. Body language is also known as non-verbal communication

Mime

Theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words.

Slow Motion

Slow Motion can also be used to create dramatic tension by slowing the action when building up to an important event. It is a technique that requires complete concentration and immersion from every student to be effective.

Soundscape

A soundscape is a series of sounds created by students (not words, echoes, repetition, or speaking together) that create a setting or suggest a scene.

Vocal Skills

Vocal skills and techniques eg clarity of diction, inflection, accent, intonation and phrasing; pace, pause and timing; projection, pitch; emotional range; song and/or choral speaking.

Naturalistic theatre

It refers to theatre that attempts to create an illusion of reality through a range of dramatic and theatrical strategies.

Non-Naturalistic theatre

Non-naturalism is a broad term for all performance styles that are not dependent on the life-like representation of everyday life

Frantic Assembly

Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. ... Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

To explore and develop understanding of different practitioners such as Frantic assembly, this will expand the students creativity.

Create a supportive community:

To work collaboratively with others and gain trust during practical activities

Term 5: Devised

Students will use a combination of explorative strategies and skills learnt over the last year to create their own performances. Students are expected to incorporate music and sfx to their devised projects.

Students use all the drama skills they have learnt this year to create a devised piece of Drama, as a final performance piece in Year 8

Audience Awareness

If you repeatedly turn your back to some of the audience when addressing another character then your performance is lost. It is said that you have 'upstaged yourself'. Movement is important because it gives a scene pace and energy.

Blocking

The process of placing performers in a specific space.

Character

A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story.

Devising

Devising is a group collaboration in response to a stimulus leading to the creation of an original performance. Devising in drama demands inventiveness, an understanding of the rules of structuring a piece of theatre and a readiness to collaborate

Explorative strategy

Explorative strategies are techniques that you can use to gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation.

Physical Skills

Physical skills and techniques eg movement, body language, posture, gesture, gait, co-ordination, stillness, timing, control; facial expression; eye contact, listening, expression of mood; spatial awareness; interaction with other performers;

Physical Theatre

A form of theatre which emphasizes the use of physical movement, as in dance and mime, for expression

Rehearsal

The process of preparing a production and getting it ready for performance.

Staging

There are many different types of staging, each presenting unique challenges and opportunities when creating a performance: proscenium arch,end-on, in the round, traverse, thrust, promenade.

Stimulus

In drama, stimuli refer to the drama texts, videos and photos, etc available to work with.

Vocal Skills

Vocal skills and techniques eg clarity of diction, inflection, accent, intonation and phrasing; pace, pause and timing; projection, pitch; emotional range; song and/or choral speaking.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Continuing on the work from the past year, students should be confident enough to create their own devised pieces based around the stimulus given to them. This is will be very reflective in what GCSE students are studying.

Create a supportive community:

Students to present their scenes to an invited audience to gain experience of the pressure of performance

Term 6: Devised

Students will use a combination of explorative strategies and skills learnt over the last year to create their own performances. Students are expected to incorporate music and sfx to their devised projects.

Students use all the drama skills they have learnt this year to create a devised piece of Drama, as a final performance piece in Year 8

Audience Awareness

If you repeatedly turn your back to some of the audience when addressing another character then your performance is lost. It is said that you have 'upstaged yourself'. Movement is important because it gives a scene pace and energy.

Blocking

The process of placing performers in a specific space.

Character

A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story.

Devising

Devising is a group collaboration in response to a stimulus leading to the creation of an original performance. Devising in drama demands inventiveness, an understanding of the rules of structuring a piece of theatre and a readiness to collaborate

Explorative Strategy

Explorative strategies are techniques that you can use to gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation.

Physical Skills

Physical skills and techniques eg movement, body language, posture, gesture, gait, co-ordination, stillness, timing, control; facial expression; eye contact, listening, expression of mood; spatial awareness; interaction with other performers;

Physical Theatre

A form of theatre which emphasizes the use of physical movement, as in dance and mime, for expression

Rehearsal

The process of preparing a production and getting it ready for performance.

Staging

There are many different types of staging, each presenting unique challenges and opportunities when creating a performance: proscenium arch,end-on, in the round, traverse, thrust, promenade.

Stimulus

In drama, stimuli refer to the drama texts, videos and photos, etc available to work with.

Vocal Skills

Vocal skills and techniques eg clarity of diction, inflection, accent, intonation and phrasing; pace, pause and timing; projection, pitch; emotional range; song and/or choral speaking.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Continuing on the work from the past year, students should be confident enough to create their own devised pieces based around the stimulus given to them. This is will be very reflective on what GCSE students are studying.

Create a supportive community:

Students to present their scenes to an invited audience to gain experience of the pressure of performance