The drama department works with high expectations to develop the confidence and individuality of pupils and enable them to present and perform high quality performance work in a happy, supportive and motivated environment. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning through organising and attending rehearsals and sharing performances both in the school and wider community.
Ms L Hutchison
Principal Teacher (Performing Arts)
Ms M J Hastie
Broad General Education
All students in S1- 3 develop an understanding of creating, presenting and evaluating different dramas. The students have opportunities to create realistic and stylised characters through voice, movement and language, based on a range of stimuli. They aim to develop ideas and contribute to the devising, rehearsing and performance of drama presentations. Students also have the chance to convey relationships and situations in a variety of settings and to different audiences throught the skills outlined below:
- Expressing your thoughts, feelings and ideas creatively;
- Building skills and qualities that are relevant to other subject areas;
- The drama process;
- Exploring and developing acting skills and techniques;
- Communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience;
- Developing and portraying character;
- Form, structure, genre and style;
- Exploring the social and cultural influences on drama;
- Lighting, sound, costume, props, make-up and set design;
- Performance techniques;
- Using creative drama skills to explore a negotiated issue, topic or theme;
- Experimenting with different drama forms and structures in order to devise a performance piece.
Most of the course work will involve you working in pair, small and large group activities. This will involve discussion, organisation and planning, practising drama techniques and presenting your work to others. You will also take part in theatre visits and workshops from theatre professionals. You will use ICT, take part in practical activities and use production skills equipment. You will also use research to inform your tasks.
Life & Work
Skills You Can Develop
- Express and communicate ideas
- Work with others to develop ideas
- Use practical skills to devise situations for presentation to others
- Create and develop characters for situations
- Add relevant theatre arts to enhance presentations
- Present to an audience
- Learn and use a variety of techniques as an aid to developing character
- You will develop creative abilities in working from a stimulus and applying the drama process.
- You will develop acting techniques including, voice, movement, motivation, portrayal, etc.
- You will learn and develop skills in design concepts and applying theatre production skills to presentations as well as skills in presenting completed pieces to an audience.
- Drama Therapy
- Stage Management
- Entertainment Industry
- Creative Industries
- Directing & Producing
- Technical Theatre
- Theatre in Education