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Year 8

Year 8 Drama

Term 1:  Soap Opera

Students will explore the genre of Soap Opera, devising their own scenes and creating their own characters. They will be discussing the storylines often associated with Soaps and also the stereotypical characters.

Homework 1 : To create a script outline for a possible additional episode

Homework 2: To develop your chosen character and context

Homework 3: To prepare and rehearse for practical assessment

 

Term 2:  Radio Show

Students will explore the genre of radio plays, devising their own scenes and creating their own characters. They will be discussing the storylines and using music to create atmosphere and develop the plot.

Homework 1 : To research and listen to examples of broadcasts/podcasts

Homework 2: To prepare a scripted scene

Homework 3: To rehearse for Practical Assessment

 

Term 3:  Physical Theatre

Students will explore the genre of physical theatre through their own interpretation of the opening sequence to 'Metamorphosis' by Stephen Berkoff. They will be initially exploring and defining the genre of Physical Theatre, using body sculpting and workshop techniques. They will then be introduced to the opening sequence of 'Metamorphosis' by Berkoff and asked to develop this extract for practical assessment.

Homework 1 : To complete a ‘Role on the Wall’ for the protagonist, Gregor Samsa

Homework 2: To complete a set design for the opening of the play ‘Metamorphosis’

Homework 3: To learn lines in preparation for practical assessment

 

Term 4:  Popular Culture

Students explore the phenomenon of ‘mass culture’ looking at ‘X Factor’, Big Brother and ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here’.  In groups students create their own episode for a new show.  This will be recorded and assessed.

Homework 1 : Students complete a fictitious application for a ‘Big Brother’ audition

Homework 2: Students are asked to research the variety of ‘mass culture’ to begin forming ideas for their own show

Homework 3: Students are asked to rehearse and prepare their character for the practical assessment

 

Term 5:  Naturalism

Students learn about Stanislavski, who developed approaches and conventions to shape Naturalistic theatre.  Students look at an extract taken from ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller and prepare this for practical assessment.

Homework 1 : Students are asked to complete a ‘witness statement’ in role to deepen their character’s backstory

Homework 2: To prepare the extract from the script for rehearsal

Homework 3: To rehearse and learn lines for performance assessment

 

Term 6:  Playwright/Scripted

Applying their knowledge from Unit 5, students look at the full play text of ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and are given a specific scene to be brought to fruition.  The class as a whole then present their scenes in chronological order as a full performance that is assessed.

Homework 1 : Students are asked to complete a character study of the protagonist of the play

Homework 2: Students are asked to complete research into the background of themes and issues raised within  the text

Homework 3: To rehearse and learn lines ready for the practical assessment