The Drama Department - 2018-2019
The Drama Department has recently grown, we are now able to deliver Specialist Drama teaching to all year groups studying at Presdales School. Our expansion into lower school curriculum has been greatly received and the students are now able to study a wide range of texts, practitioners and theatrical styles!
As well as teaching Drama in Key Stage 3, we offer the OCR GCSE Drama course which assesses students Drama skills in: Devising, Scripted performances to visiting examiners and a final written paper entitled ‘Performance Response’ where students direct their set text and respond to live theatre.
In sixth form we run the Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre course which transitions well from GCSE as the units of assessment focus on the same skills. A new challenge at A Level is the depth of historical contextual knowledge and the increase in play texts and styles that the student understands.
In addition, a wealth of extra-curricular activities is available, rangingfrom weekly drama clubs to the whole school productions. Students are enabled to develop their interests, build new ones and gain experience in performance, design and technical support. Essentially, they are given the tools to work as a team, develop self-confidence and refine their performing skills for stage or presentations alike!
Junior Drama Clubs
Members of Year 12 run clubs during lunch times for Years 7. They organise a variety of Drama activities, including drama games, improvisations and performing short plays.
House Drama Events
A whole-school event that requires students to devise and perform a short play, possibly accompanied by dance and music and supported by design, in competition with other year-groups. A panel of judges assesses and adjudicates the work and presents house points to winning teams.
The main school production each year welcomes students from all year-groups to audition and participate. Girls may be involved in acting, designing and making props, set, costume or make-up. Everyone involved finds it to be an immensely rewarding and exciting experience.
Recent productions have included 'Grimm Tales'; three twisted fairy tales adapted by Carolyn Duffy and Tim Supple. This production took influence from immersive theatre and required the audience to travel on a journey with the characters.
Summer 2018 saw Presdales first whole school musical, “Made In Dagenham”! This was a huge success collaborating between Music and Drama for the first time, a great opportunity for students who auditioned from all years of the school. Made in Dagenham, by David Arnold is a story of a group of feisty women who demanded – and got – equal pay in the teeth of strong opposition and who refused to accept being downgraded from skilled workers to unskilled turned out to be a great hit but also incredibly relevant to the strong young people we promote at Presdales.