CREATIVE ARTS INTER-HOUSE EVENT

This week the Art department have organised three events for Therfield’s annual Creative Arts inte...

Therfield Presents The 39 Steps

‘Rehearsals are well under way for the school production of The 39 Steps, we have nearly blocked t...

Art in Action – Artist Lecture Visit

On Tuesday 7th March 2017, seven A Level photographers travelled from Leatherhead station to Russe...

Year 7 Science visit Surrey University

On Wednesday 22nd February, 14 Year 7’s took a trip to Surrey University to experience a day of le...

  • CREATIVE ARTS INTER-HOUSE EVENT

  • Therfield Presents The 39 Steps

  • Art in Action – Artist Lecture Visit

  • Year 7 Science visit Surrey University

  • Sixth Form Applications

Drama

Therfield School’s Drama department is thriving and academically successful. It provides a full programme of theatre-trips, curricular and extra-curricular productions. 

We offer a number of extra-curricular clubs that support the development of students’ performance skills. These include:

  • Shakespeare School’s Festival
  • KS3 Drama Club
  • KS4 Devising Club
  • KS5 Acting Workshops
  • School Musical every 2 years

 

KS3 

Students follow a progressive programme of study which focuses on the key areas of improvisation and performing text. 

In Year 7 students are introduced to concepts such as sustaining a role, physical theatre, creating still images/tableaux and narration. They create drama about topics such as the circus and learn of theatre history in the Shakespeare Unit. 

In Year 8 students are introduced to more theatre forms and traditions in 'Commedia dell'Arte' and Mime whilst continuing to create drama in for assessment purposes.

In Year 9 students’ work is predominantly based on texts with differentiated materials used for them to study forms of Devising, working with the voice, as well as advanced improvisation covering topics such as bullying and further study in Shakespeare texts. 

Our recent shows have been: 

  • January 2008 Bugsy Malone 
  • January 2009 Oliver 
  • January 2010 70 Girls 70 
  • March 2011 – Olympic Showcase
  • June 2012 – Cabaret
  • February 2014 - Rockbeth

 

KS4 - GCSE 

Students follow the Edexcel examination specification. They extend their Drama skills using explorative strategies, the elements and medium of Drama and explore texts such as ‘Two’, ‘Find Me’ and ‘Metamorphosis’ and devise their own work using poetry, play extracts or musical stimulus. They also complete extensive Controlled Assessment assignments, plus a detailed analysis of professional live theatre.

 

KS5 - AS/A2 

Students follow the Edexcel examination syllabus. At AS students complete written coursework in their study of two set texts and practical activities. They will also pay several visits to the theatre and analyse a production. They perform a monologue, plus a text directed by the teacher to a visiting examiner. 

Recent AS/A2 productions have included:

  • Owen – ‘The Drowned World’ 
  • De Bernieres – ‘Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World’ 
  • Brecht – ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’
  • Brecht – ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ 
  • Lorca – ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ 
  • Berkoff – ‘The Trial’ 
  • Crimp – ‘Attempts of her Life’

In A2 Theatre Studies students devise their own play and write a detailed explanation of their decisions. Their written paper analyses theatre in the Shakespearian period as well as a contemporary production and ‘Woyzeck’ by Georg Buchner.