Drama and Theatre is taught at Dubai College with the intention to question and challenge what surrounds us. We aim to develop our students into inquisitive and independent thinkers who believe that theatre is more than mere entertainment – that it should be a vessel which is home to our conscience and should ask difficult questions that other disciplines would rather leave unasked.
Students will study what has already been discovered by inspiring directors, writers and actors and they will then be encouraged to explore new forms and find fresh methods of expression.
Our aim is to inspire and nurture students to create exhilarating, vigorous and unforgettable theatre. Across the key stages, students will be faced with challenging and mind-opening stimuli and they will acquire the necessary skills to become intuitive and original practitioners. The Department aims to widen students’ knowledge of theatre and bring fresh insight into the material we explore.
Theatre is only alive if it is kicking.
Course Outline at Key Stage 3
In Years 7 to 9, students take Drama as part of the Creative Arts Circus. During this time they will study a range of themes and texts that will deepen their understanding of theatre and of their place in the world around us.
Year 7 students will use Drama as a means of exploration with a variety of different stimuli, ranging from historical events, to stories and play scripts. Students will acquire key performance and rehearsal techniques and will develop confidence in their creativity.
In Year 8, students will continue their Drama exploration through responding to issue-based themes, stories and texts. The work of key theatre practitioners will be introduced and students will be given the tools to become confident in their application of a wide range of practical and theoretical dramatic techniques.
As the transition into GCSE Drama, the Year 9 course is designed to be both challenging and fun. Text is interrogated in more depth, and the work of contemporary and historical theatrical is integral to the practical exploration. There is also an emphasis on reflection and evaluative skills, encouraging students to become opinionated and passionate about their ideas.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students are assessed in their ability to create, perform and evaluate.
At Key Stage 4, the Department reviews predicted grades from the INSIGHT test results to evaluate and set challenging targets for individual students. We follow the Edexcel syllabus which encourages students to develop a range of practical, creative and performance skills. Students will work collaboratively and consider the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts, whilst reflecting and evaluating their own work as well as the work of others. This active engagement in the process of dramatic study will nurture independent learners, critical thinkers and will develop a basis for their future role as societal citizens.
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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
We continue with the Edexcel syllabus for Drama A Level, with the focus on combining practical and theoretical exploration to ensure students not only create outstanding work, but understand in detail the theory that underpins it. Fervour and vigour is a must for this course, where students will be exposed to a vast range of contemporary and classical theatrical styles.
The course combines a mixture of practical and written coursework as well as the performance or design of a full-length play in front of a visiting examiner at AS Level. For A2 Level, students have to create on an original piece of theatre, where they are assessed on their contribution, as well as their acting/design in the final performance. The final synoptic written paper is divided into two areas. In Section A, pupils will answer two full-length questions as a director on Buchner's Woyzeck. In Section B, a single essay is required on the performance history of a Shakespeare play of choice.
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