New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
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Drama

Interim Head of Department: Mrs Nicola Sidney

Overview

The Drama department aims to build and develop confidence and social skills in our students. As an examined subject students are asked to explore published texts and to create their own work from stimulus.

Drama Collage

The challenges in meeting the needs of students with a visual impairment include:

  • The reading of emotions and facial expressions and how to show these when acting
  • Mobility within an acting space and audience awareness
  • The concept of a theatre space and how to stage theatre for a sighted audience with visually impaired actors
  • Lack of the incidental learning which is acquired through sight

Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired students

A number of adjustments are made to our teaching to meet the needs of our students with a visual impairment:

  • Students work within defined spaces in the Drama studio often using tactile markers to mark out acting areas
  • Basic skills such as freeze frames are used to teach stage positioning and body language
  • GCSE students learn the Stanislavski method of acting which deals with the internal emotions first; working from the inside to the outside
  • All students have the opportunity to be involved in a whole school annual production as actors or stage crew. Previous productions have included ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘As You Like It’. NCW takes part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival where students perform on a professional stage alongside mainstream students
  • The College has excellent links with local theatres such as the RSC, Stratford and Birmingham Rep who provide us with audio description and touch tours to enhance the students’ understanding of performances that they watch
  • There are opportunities for students to take part in extra-curricular Drama activities in the local community, mixing with sighted peers

Courses

Exam courses from September 2016:

A Level:

Eduqas Drama and Theatre (new specification first examined in 2018)

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Legacy course finishing in July 2017)

GCSE:

Y11 AQA Drama

Y10 Eduqas Drama