Academic

Teaching Departments

Drama

Monmouth School for Boys DramaThe Drama and Theatre Department is a rapidly expanding department, headed by Mr P.M. Griffin with two other Drama specialist teachers.  Drama is one of the few opportunities students have to work collaboratively and to develop their skills of leadership and negotiation. It is also imperative in today’s competitive world that students have the confidence and skills to present themselves and their ideas to a wider audience. Drama is able to provide that confidence and those  skills.

Productions directed by members of the department take place regularly and involve boys from all years, often joined by girls from our sister school, Monmouth School for Girls.  There are also performances by touring theatre companies in the school’s own theatre, together with trips to regional and London theatres.  While the Drama Studio provides a professional setting for curricular and extra-curricular drama, The Blake Theatre, provides a superb focus for all major productions.

For more information on “The Blake Theatre”, visit their website.

GCSE

Students develop the techniques of creating, performing and evaluating their own work as well as exploring the works of others. They will study a variety of plays from a practical perspective, developing confidence alongside their acting and directing skills.  They will also watch a range of live productions, discovering different ways to communicate with an audience.

Course Outline:

Unit One (DR1):   Devised Practical Performance (60%): Controlled Assessment by the teacher and externally moderated.

Task One – 40% Devised Performance: Candidates will devise their own practical performance based on a theme and linked with a practitioner or genre.  They may choose either acting or a theatre design skill.

Task Two – 20% Devised Performance Report: Candidates will write a report on the practical work they carried out in Task One.

Unit One (DR2):   Performance from a Text (20%): Externally assessed by a visiting examiner. Candidates will prepare a presentation of a scene from a published play either as an actor or a designer.

Unit Two (DR3):   Written Examination (20%): One and a half hour written paper. Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director.  They will also evaluate their practical work from Unit Two.

A level

Why study Drama and Theatre?

This course will suit those students with an arts leaning. They should have the desire to study the development of theatre and its practitioners as well as wanting to produce their own performances. It is also an enjoyable, academic option providing breadth to Sixth Form studies. Theatre studies students would be well equipped to follow degree courses in drama, performing arts, English, journalism/media studies, stage-management and arts management.

In addition to fostering creative and critical skills, Drama and Theatre also increases confidence and leadership skills, along with training in team work. Recent A level students have gone on to do subjects ranging from Drama to Medicine and Law.

Theatre Studies trains students to develop:

  • Competence in applied practical skills both as an individual and within a group
  • An appreciation of a play from an actor’s and director’s viewpoint through the analysis of a variety of texts
  • Knowledge of theatrical influences, conventions and styles related to the development of theatre and its relationship with society
  • An appreciation of the contribution of selected practitioners to theatrical development
  • A critical response to live performances.

Experiencing live performances is a vital part of the course and there will be ample opportunity to see a range of plays and productions. Students can also help with the running of the many drama department events staged throughout the year, giving them valuable “backstage” insight and experience and something interesting to add to their CVs.

Head of Department: Mr P Griffin


Course content

Board: Edexcel   A level Syllabus NQF Code: 601/8302/0

Devising (9DR0/01) 40%
Students will devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Performer or designer routes are available.

Text in Performance (9DR0/02) 20%
Students will take part in a group performance of one key extract from a performance text. They will also perform a monologue/duologue or present a design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

Theatre Makers in Practice (9DR0/03) 40%
A written examination comprising:

  • A live theatre evaluation
  • The practical exploration and study of a complete performance text focusing on how this can be realised in performance
  • The practical exploration and interpretation of another performance text in light of a chosen theatre
    practitioner and focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Method of assessment

Devising:

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated. There are two parts to the assessment
  • A 3,000 word portfolio
  • The devised performance/design realisation

Text in Performance
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

Beyond Monmouth School for Boys

Students who have taken drama have moved on to several different arts based courses including: Drama and the Performing Arts; Acting; Dance; Film Studies; Music Technology; English; Journalism/Media, Creative-Writing; Stage-Management and Arts Administration.  We have also seen a considerable number of our Drama students over the years pursue courses in Medicine, Law, Modern languages, Economics, International Relations and History amongst others.

Many students have also continued their dramatic endeavours in such universities as UCL; Bristol; Exeter; Durham; York and Liverpool.