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The GCSE is broken down into three components.  There are two practical elements, a devised performance which is accompanied by a log book and a scripted performance.  The play to be performed in the scripted performance will be chosen to suit the abilities and strengths of the students.  In the written exam students will write about a set text, The 39 Steps, a performance they have seen and about the different roles within a theatre.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • Brief history of theatre.  From the Ancient Greeks to modern physical theatre.
  • Performance of extract from The Canterbury Tales

Spring Term

  • Devising/Improvising skills
  • Theatre roles and responsibilities
  • Seen productions

Summer Term

  • Devising project and log book

Year 11

Autumn Term

  • Study of set text
  • Start scripted performance

Spring Term

  • Scripted performance
  • Recap of set text and exam preparation

Work on seen productions will be carried out throughout the two years depending on timing of theatre visits.

Assessment information

AQA Specification GCSE Drama 8261

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