The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
Head of Performing Arts
Ms A Enver-Yusuf
At The Palmer Catholic Academy, the Drama curriculum is designed to stretch the creative talents of the students and teach them to work collaboratively with others.
In years 7 and 8, students are taught all of the key performance techniques which are further developed when studying topics such as,Darkwood Manor, Friendship and Bullying, Genre and texts including, James and the Giant Peach and the play Sparkleshark.
In year 9, the GCSE curriculum starts with the tragic story of Derek Bentley and includes topics such as eating disorders, racism and the text 'Hard to Swallow' by Mark Wheeler.
Years 10 and 11 include further opportunities of devising, students presenting their work to live audiences, the study of texts, 'Too much Punch for Judy' by Mark wheeler and Scrape off the Black by Tunde Ikoli. Students also study the play An Inspector calls by JB Priestley, as they will be tested on this for their paper 3 exam. Paper 2 of the exam, which is performed to an external examiner, is based on script work where students will perform two extracts from the same script to the examiner, worth 20% of their overall grade.
In order to complement their studies, Drama students are offered an exciting range of extra curricular activities. These include: theatre trips, performances and workshops offered by touring companies and the opportunity to perform in front of a paying audience!
Please see below for further information on KS3 and KS4 Drama.