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 Year 9, students study an Introductory Unit, teaching them the basics about the techniques they will need in Years 10 and 11, as well as how to work in a team. Following this, they will study Pantomime and Greek theatre, along with several other units.
In Year 10, students begin the year studying the tragic case of Derek Bentley and the controversy that surrounded his trial and execution. They move on to looking at different forms of Comedy and then begin preparation for the Controlled Assessments that will take place in Year 11. By the end of Year 10, students will have completed one element of their Unit 2 Controlled Assessment, the Theatre Review.
Year 11 is devoted to the completion of the practical elements of Unit 1 and 2, as well as finishing the written components of these units. The final assessment, Unit 3, is performed in front of a visiting examiner and is the only externally assessed part of the Drama GCSE.
In order to complement their studies, Drama students are offered an exciting range of extra curricular activities. There are theatre trips, performances and workshops offered by touring companies and the opportunity to perform in front of a paying audience!