Drama Department Staff
- Mrs M Whittam – Curriculum Leader
- Mrs D Howarth
- Mrs F Rawson
Drama Club for Year 7-10 is on Wednesday and Friday from 13:00-13:30 - you can find more details on our Clubs page.
Students are taught the basics of acting: how to use movement and voice skills to convey meaning to their audience. This is achieved through enjoyable drama games and role plays to enable students to build up their confidence. Themes include: persuasion, emergencies and imagination.
Students build on their acting skills and begin to work together in groups to create and preform their plays to one another. Themes tackled include: bullying, science fiction and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Students in this year are challenged to learn their scripts and perform extracts from published plays. They also learn how to research and devise their own plays. Themes in this year include: peer pressure, homelessness, relationships and job interviews.
Students are able to opt for Drama GCSE. The subject is offered on two option lines. Between 30 and 60 students take up the option and the results have been consistently good for the last ten years. Students study and perform scripted drama, devise and perform their own plays on a theme and study and apply specialist theatre make-up.
Students follow the AQA specification. 60% of the final mark is given for the practical aspects which include acting, devised drama and theatre make-up. 40% of the final mark is allocated to the written exam which is externally assessed in the summer of Year 11.
There are also a wide range of extra curricular activities on offer and students get many opportunities to perform to a wider audience during their time at Balshaw’s Church of England High School.