Ms Tickle – Head of Drama & Theatre Studies
Drama in the Lower School
In the Years 7 and 8, students have one single lesson per week, whilst girls in Year 9 have one double lesson per week on a half termly carousel. They study a synoptic course with an emphasis on practical exploration and the development of mental, physical and vocal skills. This is supported by students’ reflective writing, through project work and some extension tasks.
Year 7 – Students study a range of topics including Pantomime, Improvisation, Shakespeare and Melodrama.
Year 8- Students study additional aspects of Semiotics and Design, Storytelling, Shakespeare and Melodrama.
Year 9 – Students experience a taster of the style of practical work undertaken at GCSE.
Students may opt to continue their study of Drama at GCSE, producing practical work in response to a set text, a text chosen during the course and of their own devising. They have the opportunity to work as an actor or designer. Students undertake theatre visits throughout the course and complete a written examination at the end of the two year course.
In the sixth form students who take Theatre Studies often take complementary subjects such as English Language or Literature, Classical Civilisa on or a Modern Foreign Language. Some students choose Theatre Studies as a contrast to their other A Level courses in the humanities and science.
Those who study English Literature will find that their study of set texts for Drama will aid their understanding of drama texts in the English course.Students study two set texts and participate in theatre visits in preparation for their written examination.
In addition, they devise a performance of their own and interpret extracts from a play, each influenced by the work and methodologies of a prescribed theatre practitioner. Practical performances are supported by the production of working notebooks and reflective reports.
The Department has a well-established weekly Drama club for lower school girls run by members of the upper school and the Costume club, organised by staff and students. There is an annual Drama Festival competition for Years 8 and 9, produced and directed by the Lower Sixth and attended by Year 7. Girls drawn from all year groups participate in Arts Award, meeting for an hour each week, culminating in showcase performances.
The highlight of the year is the joint schools’ production, with one of the two annual productions staged at MTGS. More than a hundred girls participate as actors, musicians, dancers, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, set painters,prop makers, costumiers, stage crew and front of house staff .
The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies organises a number of theatre visits throughout the academic year to local venues such as the Everyman and Playhouse, the Unity or the Royal Exchange and further afield to Leeds, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Strafford-upon-Avon and London. We have also encouraged cultural development through residential visits to Paris and New York.
2015 Examination Results
External Examination Results 2014
GCSE 100% Pass Rate
71.4% of these grades at A – B.
100% Pass Rate
Practical Exam Performances
A2 Practical Examination performance of the devised verbatim piece ‘Has Gary Got His Tea?’
The A2 practical performance piece was performed for a large and appreciative audience in April at MTGS. The Piece was written and performed by Upper 6th student Neve Eyles, accompanied by Year 10 student Eira Murphy, the piece was praised by the visiting moderator for its originality and high standard of performance.