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The Drama Department at Rutlish is an exciting Department within the school. Our ultimate aim is to develop students’ creative and imaginative skills, through the exploration of a variety of relevant and contemporary playtexts including ‘Missing Dan Nolan by Mark Wheeler, ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell and ‘The Family’. We also delve into a range of themes and issues through expert dramatization and role-play. We aim to build the self-confidence of our students, as well as equip them with the necessary dramatic and performing skills required for a career in the Performing Arts.
At Key Stage 3, we offer students the opportunity to develop a range of drama skills, including improvisation and devising, through the use of explorative strategies and mediums that is stepped in the work of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski and Artaud. Students are also given numerous opportunities to view live theatre shows in the West End, as well as participate in Drama clubs and assemblies in order to develop their performance skills. They also take part in the annual Summer Production!
In this department, we also offer a Btec Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts, which is equivalent to the GCSE qualification. This is especially significant for those boys who have an interest in both the production and performance aspects of the theatre. All students thoroughly enjoy the unit, not least because the emphasis is on practical drama, rather than on written work. Our results are generally between 95%- 100% A-C! Students who wish to progress to a higher qualification, can also access the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts through RR6( Sixth Form) We also offer an A’ level Drama and Theatre Studies course through our 6th Form, (RR6).
Our students thoroughly enjoy the GCSE Drama option which allows them the opportunity to analyse and perform scripted plays, using a range of costumes, props and lighting to engage and enthral their audience. Consequently, the GCSE course has been a great success within the school. The department is committed to preparing and motivating students for their GCSE examinations by using exciting materials, involving external theatre companies and organising visits to local theatres, in order for them to learn from the experts. We also aim to explore a variety of genres and issues, ranging from Peer Pressure and Society, to War and The Holocaust.
The Department has always been heavily involved other whole-school events, such as the Christmas Carol Service and school assemblies. The Department also operates Drama Clubs at KS3 and KS4, thereby allowing students the opportunity to develop their skills within a friendly environment during lunch and after school.
These enhancement and enrichment activities aim to provide further extra-curricular opportunities for students who wish to develop their theatrical skills. There are always new and exciting opportunities to participate in Drama at Rutlish, and we are committed to embracing as many as possible!
Ms C Dawkins
Head of Department