The Drama department at Trinity is outstanding. From the beginning of year 7 to the end of year 13, each student is encouraged to achieve their full potential, working to develop skills in performance, confidence and teamwork. Outside of lessons, there are trips offered to all year groups such as visiting Shakespeare’s Globe and watching a variety of plays to complement learning. I think Drama is special at Trinity because we are taught to love the subject, which is mostly down to the extremely dedicated and talented teachers who work hard to inspire and motivate.

Rosie – Y13

Theatre Studies

Drama has a significant role to play in any child’s education, creating and developing confidence and life skills. Drama within our school curriculum, promotes self –expression, builds confidence, enhances creativity and encourages co-operation. Skills that all students at all levels require for a wider education. It also prepares students to be critically aware members of society, through its investigation and exploration of human issues concerned with personal and moral education.

At Trinity the Drama department is well established and a vibrant place to be. Students have access to excellent facilities and knowledgeable staff that fully promote the student sense of individuality and creativity.

The aims of the department are to:

The aims of the department are to:

  • develop confidence and achieve their own potential.
  • stimulate and maintain pupil interest and enjoyment in drama.
  • enable students to work independently and as part of a team.
  • create a positive environment so all students feel valued and secure.
  • enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team

Facilities

We have state of the art Drama facilities with 2 studios and a full working Theatre with lighting / music and seats 152 people.

KS 3 Drama

In year 7, all students receive 1 hour a week of Drama. In Year 8 and 9 they are given an option to continue with Drama. This is an extremely popular option and is often over-subscribed.

Students will work on specific skills such as development of dramatic techniques, sounds, role-play and improvisations. The course builds confidence and encourages teamwork.

Assessment

Students are assessed throughout the Key Stage, using Arts Council objectives

These are spilt into 3 sections:

  • Making
  • Performing
  • Responding

This is also reinforced through the Drama Stars scheme where students can gain merits and postcards to encourage a positive working environment

Theatre Trips & Workshops

The department is fortunate that in this area we are surrounded by fantastic theatre and world renowned theatre companies. We have over the years worked collaboratively with Playbox Theatre, Warwick, Heartbreak Productions, Leamington Spa, Motionhouse Dance Company and the education department at Warwick Arts Centre.

Visits to the theatre are an essential part of Drama at Trinity and over the years we have been able to visit many theatres across the country to see some brilliant theatre.

  • Rebecca adapted by Kneehigh Theatre Company – Swan Theatre
  • John performed by DV8 – Warwick Arts Centre
  • Bouncers by John Godber – Leamington Spa centre
  • Macbeth performed at the Derby Playhouse
  • A Clockwork Orange – Birmingham
  • Blood Brothers – Birmingham Hippodrome
  • The Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Warwick University
  • The Permanent Way _ Warwick Arts centre
  • Macbeth, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC

Collaborative Projects at Trinity

The drama department loves to work closely with other subjects and over the years we have participated in many collaboration with the art department in conjunction with their artist in residence, Students have performed in art galleries and within the installation work that is produced each year. This year we are working closely with the music department to produce the musical Joseph and the Technicolor dream coat with the whole of Year 7.

Suggested Career Paths

  • Degree courses in Drama / Performing arts/
  • Acting
  • Stage management
  • Theatre management
  • Theatre design
  • Careers that require confidence and communication skills

KS 3 Drama

Year 7

In year 7, all students receive 1 hour a week of Drama. The students focus on a range of drama strategies and development of confidence. The students are encouraged to explore and create in different size groups and work collaboratively on practical group tasks.

The students focus on:

  • Skills and confidence development
  • Storytelling
  • Hamlet
  • Darkwood Manor

Year 8 and 9

In Year 8 and 9 the timetable is arranged through the Performing Arts and PE faculty where students have access to an hour a fortnight. Students will work on specific skills such as development of dramatic techniques, sounds, role-play and improvisations and build on the skills developed in Year 7. The course builds confidence and encourages teamwork. In Year 9 the course is structure to support and develop the students interested in the subject at GCSE level.

The students focus on

  • Spontaneous Improvisations
  • Slapstick and Silent Film
  • Greek Theatre
  • Commedia Dell Arte
  • Soap Opera
  • Devised and issues based work
  • Scripts

AS and A2 level Drama

This is a mainly practical course, based on the study of theatre texts, devised work and improvisational skills. Students will study five texts from the point of view of director, designer, performer and critic. The course aims to promote an enjoyment of and interest in drama and theatre both as a participant and as an informed member of an audience.
The students are involved in theatre visits and workshops with many theatre companies to provide creative exploration and an interest in current theatre techniques.

Skills provided on this course:

  • Organisation
  • Creativity
  • Performance
  • Communication
  • Co-operation
  • Imagination
  • Theatre History

The Course Structure

Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40%)

Exploration of two contrasting play texts, understanding of two practitioners, evaluation of a theatre performance.

Texts and Practitioners

  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Dario Fo
  • A Doll’s House – Ibsen
  • The Pillowman – Martin McDonagh
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Brecht
  • Stanislavski
  • Artaud

Unit 2 – Theatre Text in performance (60%)

Students perform either a monologue or duologue and a performance in a group of a published play. This is marked by an external examiner from Edexcel

Unit 3 – Exploration of dramatic performance (40%)

A devised piece created in groups assessed both on the process and the complete performance.

Unit 4 – Theatre in text in context (60%)

A Written exam exploring the study of one set play and one historical period of theatrical development

Out of Hours Learning

Drama caters for students who are studying a specific course and for the many that simply enjoy it. AS/A2 level and GCSE Drama are firmly established. Evenings of small group and improvised drama are staged regularly and a variety of trips take place during the day and in the evenings.
Students are involved in monologue evenings, school productions, student productions and GCSE and AS/A2 practical exams,

Drama is a popular out of school hour’s activity at Trinity. Over the years productions have included:

  • Mugged by Andrew Payne,
  • Ernie’s Incredible Illcinations by Alan Ayckbourn
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; adapted by Alan Bennett
  • Chatroom by Enda Walsh
  • Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley
  • A Roahl Dahl evening
  • Carnival Festival
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • Cymbeline Adapted by Kneehigh Theatre Company
  • Joseph and the Technicolor coat
  • Burning Bird by John Donnelly