Drama

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." - Oscar Wilde

Drama is a dynamic department with significant links to the creative industry. Two of the drama staff had careers as actors before becoming teachers and the HOD was Producer of Youth Theatre Programmes for the National Theatre before taking up her post at Hendon. This is also a training department which regularly hosts dramatists who are teacher training. RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) has a summer residency. As a part of the residency our students took part in preshow workshops before seeing their production of Othello in the Old Gym. Underpinning all of the work within the department is a commitment to developing skills, confidence, imagination and understanding through performance.

Drama is taught throughout the school and has outstanding GCSE results. Drama and Theatre Studies are also popular choice at ‘A’level. Students enjoy a range of theatre experiences from trips into London’s West End and South Bank to see shows such as ‘Hedda Garbler’ and ‘War Horse,’ to fringe venues such as ‘Electra’ at the Gate Theatre and ‘Faustus’ at Manchester Royal Exchange.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board: Edexel (2 DRO1)

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10

Intro to unit one and script into performance

Hunger Games, Hansel and Gretel (unit one practical work and written practice)

Unit two script work.

Theatre visit to (depending on listings) Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time and review. Working with outside practitioners e.g. RADA.

Year 11

Unit One and Two practical and written coursework

Rehearsals and Performance Exam of a play such as The Crucible

Complete coursework

Course outline

Unit 1 Drama Exploration

  • Practical works around a centre devised topic or theme
  • Internally assessed
  • First assessment autumn year 2 of the course
  • A six hour practical exam
  • A written documentary response (2000 words max) 

Unit 2 Exploring play texts

  • A full and substantial play text chosen by Hendon School
  • Internally assessed
  • First assessment autumn year 2 of the course
  • A six hour practical exploration of the text
  • Documentary response to the practical exploration (1000 words)
  • Experience of live theatre (e.g. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) 
  • Documentary response to live theatre (2000 words max)

Unit 3

  • Students perform a play to an audience
  • Externally assessed
  • April of year 2 of the course

Outside the classroom

The Hendon Youth Theatre rehearse after school on Wednesdays. Currently it is preparing two productions for Hendonbury School, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Daisy, with Ken Campbell and Mugged by Andrew Payne


A range of workshops from industry professionals are programmed throughout the year. All pupils, staff, family, friends as well as theatre professionals have the opportunity to be part of the Hendon Community Theatre. The 2012 project was a specially commissioned epic reimagining of the legend of King Arthur. Five world class writers Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill, Dominic Francis, Judith Johnson and Nick Drake each wrote an episode that were performed in promenade across the site. ‘The Willow Pattern’ Community play was staged in a Big Top Circus Tent on the school field and was a circus style retelling. Students throughout the school will have the opportunity to be part of our next play.

Progression pathways and careers

Drama prepares students for all walks of life as it builds confidence, team building skills and problem solving. This said, many Hendon Students have gone on to successful careers in the Creative Industry. 

Useful links

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
www.nationalyouththeatre.otg.uk
https://www.rada.ac.uk
www.shakespearesglobe.com

Contact

Mrs C Nicholas Head of Creative Arts nicholasc@hendonschool.co.uk

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